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Donated tool offers new way for city to capture animals

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 4, 2018 4:50 pm Updated: Dec. 4, 2018 5:04 pm

QUINCY -- A goose tangled in fishing line in Kesler Park was the first animal to be caught with a new piece of equipment that Quincy's animal control officer has at his disposal.

Called the Super Talon Animal Catcher, the nearly $1,700 piece of equipment uses compressed air cartridges to shoot a mesh net that has steel grapples that lock around an animal, making it nearly impossible for animals to shake off.

The equipment was donated by the Quincy Humane Society and used Nov. 20 to capture the goose.

Animal Control Officer Steve Scherer said the Super Talon had been on his equipment request list. He displayed the Super Talon on Tuesday at a City Hall press conference.

"It's going to be an extremely useful tool to gather the smaller animals, smaller dogs that you can't catch, instead of trying to set a trap like we've done in the past," Scherer said. "We should be able to approach them and capture them in a net and get them home safe, which is the whole idea."

He expects the Super Talon will be used four to six times each year.

"We have a tranquilizer gun, and it's not nearly as easy to use," Scherer said. "It's harder to hit a small target. With the net, we'll be able to hit that target a lot easier and in a much safer manner."

Sally Westerhoff, Quincy Humane Society executive director, recalls trying to help round up the injured goose, but attempts were unsuccessful.

"I brought it up at our board (meeting), and we felt like it was a way to promote the humane capture of animals and bought it and had it in a couple of days," Westerhoff said.

Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley said the department appreciated that the Humane Society donated the Super Talon to the city.

And the fate of the goose captured?

Scherer said it was taken to the city's animal shelter to have the fishing line cut off and later released in the wild.

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