Letters to the Editor
My husband and I, along with our pug - Miss Lily - are daily walkers along Rock Creek. We enter through Lone Oak Cemetery and enjoy peace and tranquility walking along the water, stopping to enjoy any wildlife that we see and even taking pictures. While on our walk Monday May 22, we noticed a Blue Heron on the other side of the creek that was tethered to a string and could not fly away. Being the animal lovers that we are, we went back to our vehicle and drove across the bridge on the Cornersville Road, driving down behind Derryberry Cabinet Co to further investigate the situation. We were appalled at what we found! Someone had driven PVC pipe into the bank of the creek, attached a cord with a treble hook and thrown it into the water. We discovered more than one of these lines along the bank of the creek. The Blue Heron is a natural fisherman and I feel sure there must of been a small fish on the hook and the bird swallowed it! He was tethered to the cord through his mouth!
We immediately picked up the bird, cut the cord and called the police for help, all the while, the hook and a small length of cord still in the birds mouth! I want to thank the two policemen who came to our rescue and also the animal control officer who came and took the bird. I do not know the outcome of the bird, but the situation did not look promising.
I just hope the person or persons who left those lines along the creek will think about the ramifications of their actions before they do something like this again. I donít think this was intentional in any way, but the result was tragic in this case.
Letís enjoy the walkway and the wildlife that are there for everyone. The city does an incredible job keeping this area well maintained and we - the public - need to do our part.
Alfred & Felecie Doggett