dead goose entangled in fishing line
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Dead goose entangled in fishing line
Carelessly discarded fishing line and hooks are taking a sad toll on our waterfowl.
A serious danger, facing waterfowl and wading birds, is monofilament fishing line entanglement.  Carelessly discarded line, left behind by anglers, has the potential to cause serious injuries and death to its victims. With early intervention, entangled birds can be helped before serious damage occurs. Please report sightings of entangled birds to the proper authorities for assistance in capturing them. You can also save many avian lives by collecting and properly disposing of any fishing line littering our shores. Please educate your fishermen friends, especially young children just learning the sport, to the dangers of monofilament line litter and the consequences to our wildlife.
Many water birds also suffer from hook injuries when in proximity to fishermen. It is a common misconception that hooks can be left in birds because they are sometimes left in fish. Once hooked, fishermen often cut their lines and free these birds leaving the hooks embedded. These birds will need intervention and the hooks removed. They are usually carrying yards of line attached to the hooks which often gets entangled in branches or shrubbery and the bird faces a certain death. Please advise fishermen to use caution when fishing among birds.
Dead Canada Goose, found floating in a pond in Bergen County NJ, with monofilament line wrapped around its neck and wings and entangled into a shrub on shore. An unnecessary, very preventable death. Properly dispose of fishing line.