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Brewster Police Department
Brewster, Massachusetts

Richard J. Koch Jr., Chief of Police
Animal Rescue

Fox Rescue The Brewster Police Department received a call from a couple of concern citizens. While out for a walk they passed an unoccupied summer cottage and heard what sounded like an animal in distress coming from the bulkhead. They opened the bulkhead and saw a baby fox. Not knowing what to do for the animal they called for help. Animal Control Officer Lynda Brogden-Burns responded. Officer Brogden-Burns went into the basement and was able to capture the fox kit and place it in a cat carrier. The house has a crawl space under it with one section dug out as a “basement” for the water heater. It would seem that the mother fox may have gone under the house to hunt and the kits followed her. This one must have fallen in to the “basement” section with no way out and nothing the mother could do to help it.  Once in the carrier the kit started to “yap” for its mother. Officer Brogden-Burns put the carrier behind the house and watched from a distance to see if there was any sign of the mother. When the mother did not appear Officer Brogden-Burns checked the area but was unable to locate the den. The kit was too young to be on its own and it was transported to the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable.

Swan Rescue
The Brewster Police Department received a call about a swan that appeared to be in distress on Cobb’s Pond. Animal Control Officer Lynda Brogden-Burns responded. Upon arrival Officer Brogden-Burns observed a large swan thrashing around in the middle of the pond. Using binoculars she could see that the swan was caught on a buoy and called the Brewster Fire Department for assistance. Officer Brogden-Burns and a firefighter put on water safety gear and rowed out in a canoe to the swan. They were able to get the swan into the canoe and untangle the rope that was wrapped around the swans leg and neck. After examining the swan it was apparent that it was not injured during the ordeal. The swan was released and headed off happily towards its mate.

Screech Owl Rescue  The Brewster Police Department received a call about an owl trapped in a house under construction. Animal Control Officer Lynda Brogden-Burns responded and located a Screech Owl that had somehow managed to find its way into the house but was unable to find its way back out. With the help of the contractor doors and windows were opened and the bird was able to find its way out. It flew away unharmed.

Skunk Rescue  The Brewster Police Department received a call from a resident who discovered a skunk with a plastic cup stuck on its head. Animal Control Officer Lynda Brogden-Burns was dispatched to evaluate the situation. On arrival Officer Brogden-Burns carefully approached the skunk. The skunk had put its head into a domed plastic drink cup to lick the contents and was unable to get its head back out. Using a restraint pole Officer Brogden-Burns attached the loop around the cup and tried to pull the cup off the skunks head. When that did not work Officer Brogden-Burns used scissors to cut the domed portion of the cup near the skunk’s neck and was able to free the skunk that thankfully did not spray! Once free the skunk quickly ran off into the woods. Please remember to dispose of your trash properly. Your discarded items such as yogurt containers, hot and cold drink cups, balloons, plastic six-pack rings, fishing line and hooks will harm wildlife and the environment. 

Raccoon Rescue  While tree workers were removing a dead tree that had become a danger they were startled as a large raccoon came out of the tree and fled into the nearby woods. Looking further they discovered a family of baby raccoons. Not wanting the babies to be harmed during the tree removal they contacted the Brewster Police Department. Animal Control Officer Lynda Brogden-Burns responded to the scene. What was left of the tree was approximately 15 feet high. Officer Brogden-Burns requested the assistance of the Brewster Fire Department for a ladder. Climbing the ladder Officer Brogden-Burns located five baby raccoons in a hollowed out section of the tree, about 4 feet deep. Using a restraint pole she removed the babies one at a time and they were secured in a crate on the ground. The babies, who were approximately 7 weeks old and appeared to be healthy, were released in the wooded area where the mother raccoon was last seen.

Fox Rescue Animal Control Officer, Lynda Brogden-Burns, received a call from some Brewster residents about a sick fox in their garage. Officer Brogden-Burns was able to capture the fox who was thin and had mange. The fox was transported to the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable. The fox responded well to treatment and, five weeks later, when it was ready to be released the Wildlife Center contacted Officer Brogden-Burns. When the weather conditions were right for the release Officer Brogden-Burns picked the fox up from Barnstable and took it back to the same Brewster neighborhood it was found in. The fox, who had gained weight and now had a nice healthy coat of fur, ran off into the woods.
Photo by The Cape Codder.


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