The maintenance staff that works with the Rim of the World Recreation and Park District must not know, each day, what they are apt to encounter “in the line of duty,” so to speak. August 21 must have started just that way.
How could they know they would be “saviors” of an owl that was tangled in the homerun net at Harich Ballfield in Twin Peaks?
Well, let it not ever be said that recreation district’s maintenance staff members Mike Milliorn and local residents David and Nancy Stern are slackers. Seeing the problem they went to work to try to get the owl untangled from what would, or could have been, his final “resting place” had he not been rescued
Once Park Maintenance Lead, Mike Milliorn and the Stern’s cut the netting and the owl, not suprisingly, flew away. The owl, who could have been a juvenile Great Horned Owl, was exhausted from his attempts to escape the net. Milliorn and the Sterns came to the rescue when this “Dynamic Trio”donned protective gloves and managed to maneuver the owl’s leg and wing out of the net. Before that could happen, the net had to be cut which they did as well. The bird was safe!
Once the owl was freed it quickly flew away into the distant sugar pines. This special (and lucky) bird will live to see another day thanks to the recreation district’s lifesaver and local Lake Arrowhead residents who volunteer with the Big Bear Alpine Zoo.
The Rim of the World Recreation and Park District (let alone the owl) appreciates the calls that were made by citizens to inform the district of the situation. The district (and undoubtedly the owl) would like to thank the Big Bear Alpine Zoo and the San Bernardino Humane Society for the dispatch calls that helped the park district personnel free the owl.