A wildlife rescue took place at Riverfront Park on Wednesday to render assistance to a Canadian goose that found itself entwined in fishing line.
“When we got to the park, it was lying on the ground,” said Kristy Adams, who arrived at approximately 1:30 p.m. “You could tell it had a hook in one of its feet. There was a lure and the fishing line had encircled both its legs.”
Her husband Ben added, “I think it was tired.”
Several reports came into Emergency-911 and the Southern Standard about the bird.
The couple, with assistance by fellow park visitor Jamie Harper, kept watch over the goose waiting for someone from the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency to arrive.
The old saying that nothing ever works out as planned could be accurate. As the bird’s flock took to the water, the goose tried to follow.
“We just tried to keep it from going into the water,” said Kristy. “If it got to the water, it would be gone. It would eventually die without help because it couldn’t fly with its legs wrapped up in fishing line. It was tearing at my heart to see it like that.”
The three stood in a line, arms spread and attempted to present the goose from following the flock into the water. Off in the distance, flock members were calling out.
“It didn’t know we were trying to help it,” said Harper. “It was probably scared to death of us.”
Ben agreed, adding “They are used to people being mean to them so they are skittish of people.”
Kristy used bird food to entice the goose close enough for her to grab it, but she was unsuccessful.
With the bird intent on escaping to an uncertain fate, the three used a parked truck as the missing barrier to slowly close the gap between themselves and the goose. Kristy grabbed its body, while Ben placed a hand around the bird’s neck.
“We have birds so I know how to hold it,” said Kristy, as she took over holding the bird. “It’s not going anywhere now that I have it. Thank you, Jesus.”
Arriving was Tennessee constable Jason Dodson, who heard the call go out over his radio.
“I knew it would take a while for TWRA to get here,” said Dodson. “I had gloves and I had a pair of scissors in my truck. I thought I would come down here and see what I could do, if we could catch it.”
While the goose was held by the couple, Dodson removed the hook and fishing line.
“It’s going to be fine,” said Dodson, of the bird’s condition. “I love a happy ending. This is wonderful. I like saving these little guys.”
Cheers and applause followed the bird’s release as it made its way to the water and in the direction of the flock.