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Tammi Larson, wildlife specialist, and Harvey Halvorsen of the Wisconsin DNR’s Baldwin Office, work to free a loon from a fishing lure stuck in its cheek. The loon was found at the end of August by Mary Roen and some friends who had been at Perch Lake in Hudson for a picnic. (Submitted photos)

River Falls woman leads group rescue of injured loon

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HUDSON, Wis. -- Mary Roen and two friends were enjoying a picnic at Perch Lake in Hudson when they spotted a loon behaving oddly.

The bird was throwing its head back and forth.


Roen said a look through binoculars showed the loon’s beak was wrapped in fishing line and a lure appeared to be stuck in its cheek.

Roen and her friends, “…sprang into action,” Roen said, “calling every agency we could think of to rescue this beautiful bird from certain death.”

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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