Monofilament fishing line perilous for pelicans

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 11:06 AM.

·  Check tackle frequently for frayed line that may easily break.

·  Do not feed pelicans or other wildlife, since it encourages them to approach fishing boats, piers and anglers. If available, use fish-scrap repositories. If they are not available, discard fish scraps in a garbage can or at home.

·  If you do accidentally hook a pelican, you should avoid cutting the line. Gently remove the hook if you feel confident you can do so without causing harm to yourself or the bird. If you cannot safely remove the hook and line from the pelican, contact a local wildlife rehabilitator. For a list of wildlife rehabilitators in your area, contact any of the FWC’s five regional offices or visit MyFWC.com/Conservation and select “How You Can Conserve” then “Wildlife Assistance.”

For more information on the statewide Monofilament Recovery & Recycling Program, visit mrrp.MyFWC.com/.



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