LPC staff are not trained as animal rehabilitators, and the majority of our efforts are concentrated at the population level rather than at individual loons. It is LPC’s policy to not interfere with sibling rivalry, territorial conflicts between loons, or other natural processes that affect loon survival.
However, when a member of the public calls with a loon in distress as a result of human activities, we feel compelled to come to its assistance if that can safely be done. Sadly, many of these rescue efforts end in humane euthanasia at a veterinarian’s office because loons are notoriously hard to rehabilitate after an illness or injury. For this reason, LPC staff spend much of their time educating the public about human impacts on loons to avert potential problems before they happen. In cases where rehabilitation of a sick or injured loon is possible, LPC works with a number of wildlife rehabilitators to nurse loons back to health and release them back into the wild.