Bald eagle stuck in limb line saved by Illinois River float trip group

Posted at 1:50 PM, Jan 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-16 14:53:59-05

ADAIR COUNTY, Okla. -- A bald eagle that had gotten stuck in a limb line on the Illinois River was rescued last weekend by a group on a float trip. 

Rick Howerton and his friends, who were on an annual float trip, came across the eagle. The group worked together to remove the hook and entangled line from the bird.

The bird was unable to fly due to injuries, and was transported by the group down the river, where it was given to Oklahoma Game Warden Cody Youngblood.

The eagle was taken to a veterinarian for treatment.

Game wardens said this incident is a reminder that anglers are required to check limb lines at least once every 24 hours. 

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