CHERRY VALLEY, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- Now that trout season’s started, anglers are anxious to make a big catch and fire up the grill. However, a wildlife center has one small request the next time you hit the river to cast a line.
Kathy Uhler of the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Hamilton Township tells Eyewitness News she’s nursing a bald eagle back to health that was found with a broken wing.
“We have a lot of different animals here,” says Uhler. “Some have specialized diets.”
Especially bald eagles and ospreys, birds the wildlife center is seeing more and more of.
“We really need fish in our freezer to be able to feed them,” Uhler adds.
She’s asking fisherman to donate some of their trout to help the raptors.
“It’s a fun family time,” says Uhler. “Then they get to add to the experience of the outdoors by helping the animals that are in our care so it’s appreciate very much.”
The best part? It’s easy! All an angler has to do is fish at their favorite stream and hook their catch, then drop it off at the wildlife center.
Next door, Cherry Valley Trout Hatchery is always happy to help. Co-owner Craig Reddinger donates fish several times a year.
“Everyone likes to see an eagle fly around,” says Reddinger. “I know I do!”
Sometimes customers even purchase fish from his hatchery and donate themselves.
“People like to come here and get them fresh for them,” says Reddinger.
Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center has a cooler outside the office where you can donate. So far, they’ve received about 100 fish.