Tacoma Firefighters this week rescued a barn owl that had been ensnared by an old fishing line hanging from a tree along the Puyallup River.

A concerned citizen contacted the Tacoma Fire Department as a last resort after being unable to get help elsewhere.

When the crew of Engine 12 arrived, the distressed bird had been dangling helplessly above the water for several hours.

After freeing the owl by using a long pole, Firefighter Mark Snyder guided the bird to shore while Lt. Andy Leitner contacted Bird Rescue for instructions on handling.

The owl was later examined and treated by a veterinarian. Leitner said the owl had no broken bones, but was provided fluids for dehydration.

The adult owl is being cared for by Sarvey Wildlife Care Center and is expected to recover. Donations to help care for the owl and other patients at Sarvey can be made at

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