Wild Care Helps Gull that Ingested Fishing Gear

Hook, line and sinker....
A Herring Gull with ingested fishing gear prior to Eastham Vet Hospital staff successfully removing the gear. (WCCC photo)

From Wild Care Cape Cod:

HOOKED ON GULLS: This gorgeous Herring Gull was rescued by Eastham Natural Resources on 8/28/18 from Campground Beach in Eastham. The bird had swallowed a fishing hook and was trailing the line and sinker. We stabilized the bird and transported it to John Kelly, DVM at Eastham Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Kelly and Veterinary Technicians, Emelie Sears and Eduardo Netto removed the hook. <3

Our Animal Care Coordinator, Jennifer Taylor reports that the bird is on antibiotics and is doing incredibly well. He is very strong and will soon be going into our large flight aviary with other gulls!

Please dispose of fishing line/hooks/lures into appropriate receptacles. If you hook a bird, do NOT cut the line. Reel the bird in. Place it into a box and THEN cut the line. Transport the bird to the nearest wildlife hospital. Contrary to popular belief, animals CANNOT digest fishing gear. Please fish responsibly, you can save a life!

Executive Director, Stephanie ~ (Thank you to our wonderful Volunteer, Jean Hliva for picking up this bird at Campground Beach.)


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