Pelicans get hooked on fish

FIVE pelicans near Mildura Wharf face the prospect of a lingering death after ingesting fish with hooks still embedded in them during the past three weeks.
Nanjing Night Net

Killer meal: Sunraysia Wildlife Carers’ Group has received reports of pelicans near Mildura Wharf ingesting fish with hooks still embedded in them.

Sunraysia Wildlife Carers’ Group president David Gee said it appeared that anglers were catching the fish – most likely carp – and throwing them to the birds without first disgorging the hooks.

Mr Gee said it was “too much of a coincidence” that all the pelicans affected had been foraging in the same area near the wharf.

He said all reports of the birds ingesting hooks had been received over a relatively short period.

It was, he said, difficult to conclude that the acts were not deliberate and questioned how the birds could have ingested the hooks by diving and ingesting fish attached to snapped lines entangled around submerged snags.

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