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Rescue attempt too late for heron | Letters | Sept. 17
I want to thank Ryan Walsh and Bill Alexander of Kitsap Peninsula Tree Service, and Michael Pratt of the West Sound Wildlife shelter, for trying to save a heron that was hanging upside down near the top of a 100-foot fir tree in Eagle Harbor today (Sept. 14).
Ryan Walsh climbed up the tree and after reaching the heron, determined it was dead. A fishing line and hook caused the heron to get tangled on a branch.
Mike Pratt said probably when the heron tried to fly it was pulled back by the line and ended up dangling from a limb of the tree.
He said fishing lines and kite string are two of the most common things that cause herons and owls to die.
It’s possible this heron could have been saved if someone had reported this to the wildlife shelter sooner.
Whenever you see an animal is distress and you are not sure what to do, please notify the shelter at 855-9057.
They can help determine the best solution and just like Ryan and Bill, who volunteer their services to the shelter, you did your best to try and save the animal’s life.