Fishing line ensnares mallard, cormorant, heron, baby swan
A group in Washington has
collected 1.3 million pieces of fishing line
over the last 25 years. Victims include a
leg was pierced by a barbed hook
, a mallard who struggled against a
6-pronged lure in her bill and foot
Owl and cormorant entangled in fishing line
In Wales, an inspector for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, rescued a tawny owl. The bird was suspended 6 feet up a tree by fishing line. Discarded line can easily be blown by the wind causing danger to wildlife.
Hook through tongue of Canada goose
Anglers’ line and weights, when swallowed, can cause
internal blockages and injury
. In this report, from Wales, a Canada goose was rescued after it had a
fishing hook through its tongue
Pelican fishing hook cruelty carnage in Australia
In Australia, pelicans regularly try to take fish just caught by anglers. The birds may then have
hooks embedded in their stomach
. Volunteers have to deal with the carnage caused by undeterred anglers.
Ducks and geese lose feet to fishing lines
In Louisiana, ducks and geese become tangled in discarded fishing line, causing them to lose feet and legs. A duck and a goose had
both of their feet missing
Seagull swallows fishing hook
A seagull had to be rescued from a beach, after a two-inch fishing hook became lodged in its throat.
Gull cut free from angler’s fishing line
A gull had to be cut free from fishing line after it had flown into chimney stack. It had to be killed to stop further suffering.