Last week I saw an injured Pelican sitting on the bank in the cold and I thought maybe someone could help this bird. So I made a call to the DNR who gave me a number to call. It was Deb Curry, who made arrangements to pick up the bird if I could catch it. The bird couldn’t fly away and even though they are fast swimmers, it was no match for my trolling motor. Up and down river we went. I got it in the net once but it got away. Finally I got it in the net again and grabbed it’s bill so it couldn’t escape. I put it in my large cooler. People from the Dixon Park District came and picked the bird up and drove it all the way to a small town near the Wisconsin border to Hoo Haven who rehabilitates injured birds and wild animals.
I was curious as to how the bird was doing, there was a connection now that I captured it. Then I saw it in the local paper, who a fisherman found an injured Pelican. I called and asked how the bird was doing and I guess it hit power lines and the juice ran through it’s body and out one foot which was injured. They expect it to make a full recovery, so that’s good news.