Did you know that messy fishing practices can be incredibly dangerous to local wildlife? A fishing line that has not been properly disposed of can entangle or choke wildlife such as waterfowl, birds, turtles, and fish. Similarly, many feathered critters will use discarded fishing line as nest material, which also endangers their chicks. Fishing hooks can be swallowed by wildlife, which can cause immense pain or prevent them from eating.
Here at Greenwood, we are no stranger to caring for wildlife that have been injured by fishing line that has been left behind. In June, we received a fledgling Canada Goose from Superior that was tangled in line and had a fishing hook in its belly and foot. Luckily, our staff were able to remove both hooks and the goose healed after treatment. It was successfully released back into the wild.
To prevent these types of needless injuries, there are several things that you can do:
The shoreline ecosystems thank you for your consideration!