Conservation officers free trapped owl

Published Oct 11, 2018 at 4:00pm

DEERFIELD — When it comes to helping an embattled owl, the state’s Environmental Conservation officers give a hoot.

On September 28, Environmental Conservation Officers Steve Lakeman and Rob Howe responded to a report of an owl stuck in a foothold trap behind a house in the town of Deerfield. As the ECOs approached the bird, the officers could see the owl’s right talon was caught in the trap, preventing it from flying.

The ECOs netted the owl with a fishing net and carefully released the trap. The owl took a few hops, looked back at the ECOs for a moment, and flew away, appearing healthy and unharmed, according to the state report of the incident.

There were no tags on the trap to identify who had set it, and the officers added that the trap appeared to be extremely old and had most likely been left in the woods for years. The ECOs removed the illegal trap.