Alexandria area conservation officer Mitch Lawler teamed up with Alexandria police officer Alex Nelson to make a unique rescue on July 13.

Lawler and Nelson responded to a call on Lake Agnes that day that an owl was caught in fishing line that was tangled in a tree branch near a fishing pier on the lake. The two got into Lawler’s patrol boat to get at the owl and try to cut it free from the line.

An owl tries to free itself from fishing line that it got tangled in on an overhanging tree on Lake Agnes in Alexandria on July 13. (Submitted photo)
An owl tries to free itself from fishing line that it got tangled in on an overhanging tree on Lake Agnes in Alexandria on July 13. (Submitted photo)Submitted photo

“It fell into my boat and jumped into the water,” Lawler said. “It grabbed the stick again and I lifted it into my boat where I was able to hold it better for all the remaining line to get removed.”

The owl was released into a fenced-in area a short while after it was untangled from the fishing line. Lawler said he returned soon after that to check on the bird and that it was gone with no sign of injury.

Jason Strege of the Glenwood Area DNR shared the photo of Nelson with the owl around his work station.

“The picture is a little tough to get a real good idea on the size, but the general consensus is that it is a young-of-the-year Great Horned Owl,” Strege said.