MONROE — Animal control officers in town rescued an injured mourning dove from a Spring Hill Road residence Wednesday afternoon and were able to safely transport it to a rehabilitation facility.
According to a report from the Monroe Police Department’s Animal Control Unit, officers received a report shortly before 2 p.m. of a woman who found an injured mourning dove in her yard. Officers reportedly captured the bird without incident, and found it had an injured wing with an open wound.
A state-licensed wildlife rehabilitator in Killingworth agreed to take the bird, and were scheduled to pick it up in Monroe later Wednesday afternoon.
According to the Audubon’s Guide to North American Birds, the dove is largely known for its low, mournful cooing. It is one of North America’s most common birds, often abundant in open country and along roadsides. Numbers of mourning doves probably have increased greatly with increasing settlement of North America.
In warmer climates, mourning doves may raise up to six broods per year, more than any other native bird.
Source: Police rescue dove at Monroe residence
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