Discarded fishing line creates hazard for birds at Tingley Beach


There has been a lot of concern about a duck at Tingley Beach found with fishing line wrapped around its beak and according to officials, it happens more than you might think. 

Ducks and other birds are a part of the scenery at Tingley Beach and so are fishermen. 

But together they don’t always mix and a lot of ducks are getting caught by hooks. 

Waterfowl get tangled in fishing lines that are left along the ponds at Tingley. 

However, fisherman say sometimes they have no choice but to cut their lines after they get tangled or hooked on something under the surface.

“When they come up to feed, they get it wrapped around their legs and whatnot,” said fisherman Raymond Burns.

Last week, someone reported a bird to 311 and said the bird’s beak was wired shut by a fishing line.

Greg Jackson with the BioPark says that bird did not make it and that these reports are all too common. 

Jackson says they get at least one or two calls a week on average about tied up birds. 

Dispensers have also been placed all over Tingley in hopes of avoiding situations like this. 

“Make the cut, pop it in here, that keeps the hooks and the line safe, and away from the waterfowl,” said Jackson.

However, some fishermen still ignore them and tend to not clean up after themselves. 

Jackson says the BioPark does its best to help every bird reported in danger, however, they can’t save them all. 

“Unfortunately there are instances where it got tangled so bad that it’s not going to make it,” said Jackson.

So to minimize the threat, the BioPark is asking everyone to pick up after themselves. 

Although the waterfowl at Tingley Beach do not belong to the BioPark, they do care for them when need be. 

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