Poudre Valley REA rescues hawk in power line

Earlier this month, a call came in to the Poudre Valley REA (Fort Collins, Colo.) operations department asking for help rescuing a young red-tailed hawk that had become caught in a power line. A bucket truck was dispatched and lineman Kelly Streeb arrived in time to save the raptor.

Streeb was able to detach the bird from the wire that had impaled its wing and lower it to the ground for rescue. The hawk was then taken to the Rocky Mountain Raptor center for emergency care. “Thanks to the Poudre Valley REA crews’ help, the bird is still alive and has been given a chance,” said Gail Kratz, medical director of the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program.

Poudre Valley REA has its own long-standing raptor program that seeks to protect birds of prey from harm. This spring, the co-op assisted with the placement of a hand-woven osprey nest on a platform near the Poudre River in LaPorte, Colo. (pictured above).  Several students from Cache La Poudre Middle School wove the nest with willow and dogwood branches in hopes that local fish-eating ospreys would occupy it.

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