Fishing line takes another life

On Tuesday a call was made into the SPCA Wildlife line to help an injured seagull on the beach off of Shore Drive. As one of the wildlife volunteers, I was able to immediately respond to the call. I did not know many details until almost on site, but knew it was a suspected wing injury. Right before arriving I was informed that the bird was in the water, but not too far from shore. The caller who was keeping an eye on the bird met me in the parking lot. She pointed me in the right direction and returned to the beach while I grabbed my rescue equipment. Within minutes she ran back to tell me the bird's head had gone under water. When the seagull was pulled out of the water it was discovered that the poor thing had been struggling due to a weighted fishing line around its foot. It had drowned just before I could get to it.
This has been my most heartbreaking attempted rescue to date. This could have been prevented, just like many other tragic incidents that occur due to fishing line and netting. Please speak up if you see someone being careless or thoughtless with their fishing line. If you see fishing line, netting, or other hazardous litter please pick it up!
The pictures below are to help educate about the dangers of fishing line.

Stephanie Hamilton
VBSPCA Wildlife Volunteer

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