Fortunate recovers with Koops, freed

Pitsfield Couple Good Wildlife Samaritans

By JIM KEVLIN • Particular for

Dori Koop examines a recovering Fortunate on the wildlife rehab heart she and her husband Charlie function within the city of Pittsfield. (Jim Kevlin /

When Dori and Charlie Koop grew up in Rockland County, it was rural. However because the years handed and the New York suburbs grew, that was now not the case.

The Koops began searching for greener pastures.

One weekend, “we have been off for a rustic stroll,” Dori stated. “We pulled as much as this home and I stated, that is it. The couple have lived within the clapboard home, on a rustic highway a number of miles east of New Berlin, since 1990.

They could not have youngsters, however they aren’t alone. Removed from there.

On the time Dori was interviewed, one of many Koops’ non permanent residents was Fortunate, reduce by a automotive on Tuesday February 16 on Interstate 88 close to Oneonta, and delivered to the Koops by Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Stalter, who – like Charlie Koop – can be a falconer.

Dori then checked off a listing of all the opposite four-legged and feathered mates on the scene: “an owl within the again,” one other red-tailed hawk, pigeons in a hen home, 10 cats and canine (all rescued ), seven miniature horses, a Harris Falcon that Charlie makes use of for looking, and a chicken cage of doves.

“That is proper now,” stated Dori, a nurse who needed to retire on account of office accidents. (“I am at all times cautious,” she says.) You might need ran into Charlie at Hannaford’s in Oneonta, the place he is a meat cutter.

After six days of restoration, the Koops drove Fortunate to Ridell State Park at Exit 17 of I-88 (Route 28) to free him. (Fortunate would finally have returned alone.)

The residents of the Koops will enhance in a number of weeks, when the fawns arrive with spring. As a result of not solely are Koops animal lovers, 14 years in the past they’ve develop into animal restorers and they’re in excessive demand.

Fortunate’s talons can pierce a human hand.

You possibly can’t simply dangle a shingle. The Koops are one among half a dozen assistants to licensed wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Bolton Martin of Middleburgh, Schoharie County.

Martin, who’s at the moment chairman of the State Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, has a license from the US Fish & Wildlife Service to take care of migratory birds, and from the state DEC to take care of small mammals, raptors (primarily owls) and waterfowl.

In addition to the Koops, different native assistants, which state legislation permits to function beneath Martin’s license, are Suzanne Johnson at Laurens, Connie Paris at Mount Imaginative and prescient, and Nick Tarricone at Oneonta.

Whereas remaining involved with Martin, they’re out there to anybody who encounters an injured animal and seeks assist. Assistants additionally depend upon the experience of native veterinarians – the Kopps, the Leatherstocking Veterinary Service in New Berlin – and the Cornell Wildlife Well being Service in Ithaca.

“They’re nice, when it comes to letting me know what the prognosis is,” Martin stated.

She had lately accomplished her year-end journal for DEC. “The entire variety of animals we dealt with was nearly 300,” Martin stated. “For a person, I could not do this.”

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