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Only In Print: Prospect Park’s ‘Swan Squad’ is on Patrol and Protecting the Animals

A beautiful swan swims to the edge of Prospect Park Lake, seemingly saying hello to Swan Squad members Mary Beth Artz (left) and Sarah Wagner. (Photo: Paula Katinas)

PROSPECT PARK — Mary Beth Artz’s favorite saint is St. Francis of Assisi. “He’s my fella,” she likes to say. And like the patron saint of animals, Artz has great respect for all of God’s creatures — great and small.

Artz, a New York State certified wildlife rehabilitator from Windsor Terrace, goes into Prospect Park nearly every day to come to the aid of injured fish, birds, and animals, rescuing those snared in items carelessly discarded by humans that could harm them…

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