I spoke with Dennis Miller, the WNMU biology professor behind Gila Wildlife Rescue, last night, and he gave me an update on the heron I pictured here and here. If you recall, while reviewing the latter image I noticed a hook embedded in the bird’s neck, and some fishing line caught in its beak.
Miller said he had been to the lake several times, but had been unable to catch the heron. He said they chased it around the perimeter of the lake, and later returned with a boat. Still unsuccessful, Miller said he would return when the bird is weaker, in the hopes that it will be easier to catch. He said he saw the heron catch a fish, but said the bird was unable to swallow it.
I just wanted to give you the latest.