Protect our wildlife: clean your fishing gear
KENNEWICK, WA – You need fishing lines, lures, hooksâ¦ all kinds of things for your tackle boxâ¦ and this is where it should be when you’re not using it.
As more and more people go fishing, now is a good time to remind people to clean up after themselves because you never know the damage this can cause.
Deputy Brett Hansen of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office found something we don’t normally see while patrolling the Columbia River. He saw a seagull trapped in a fishing line with several hooks through its body. He quickly took action and performed a small procedure to free the bird.
As more fishermen and women get into the water, Deputy Hansen has a few tips.
“TThe importance is to be responsible fishermen and responsible sportsmanship, âsaid MP Hansen. âMake sure all of our fishing gear is tied up and stowed away. We don’t just cut the fishing lures and throw them in the water; [weâre] trying to be responsible for our affairs.
It is not only seagulls, but also fish and other wildlife in our region that can be affected by fishing gear left on the water. MP Hansen says they often see fishing lines and lures tied up along the shores, so make sure to always clean up and be kind to our wildlife.
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