Scott Root and Bob Walters wanted to help the bird but their ladder was too short. Root called the city of Spanish Fork and asked for assistance from the power department, the release said.
Vern Jackson and Richard Stoneman arrived shortly after in a boom truck. Stoneman and Walters were lifted to the platform to see if they could help the osprey.
With an angry parent osprey objecting to the operation, a towel was put over the young raptor and it was taken to the ground, the news release said. The twine was removed from the talons and legs of the osprey and the men were glad to see no permanent damage had been done to the bird. Walters, suffering a couple of deep scratches from the talons, released the bird and it flew off to join its parent.
This was the fourth osprey rescued from entanglement in baling twine or fishing line this year at Utah Lake, the DWR said.
All birds collect string, twine, rope and fishing line while constructing nests so wildlife officials are reminding Utahns they should properly dispose of such material and also anything they might see in the environment.