Dec 12, 2014

Hooked scoter - SAVED!

This morning, Robert Scoles and Ron Eby - both volunteers for Elkhorn Slough Reserve, were completing their daily otter re-sights when they stopped to collect trash at Kirby Park.

That's when they spotted a scoter hiding in the riprap that protects the parking lot.

Ron, a long-time volunteer responder with WES, approach the scoter from the water. 

Once in hand, he passed the sea duck to Robert, who was on solid ground.  

They cut the line to remove the sinker and leader but left the hook in place since it was deeply embedded.

The animal was placed in a padded carrier for transport.

A huge Thank You! to the wildlife hospital at the SPCA for Monterey County for their prompt response.


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