- Associated Press - Sunday, December 4, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine’s game wardens will be getting new special gloves to help protect them when handling sick and injured animals like eagles, hawks, ospreys and owls.

The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund has provided the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife with a grant for large, specialized gloves that will also help prevent the spread of infectious wildlife diseases.

Game wardens often come into contact with birds, including raptors with large talons.

In 2015 alone, Maine game wardens responded to 105 calls for animals suspected of having rabies. There were another 2,918 calls from the public about injured animals.

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