A baby swan that lives on a local lake is in trouble due to someone's carelessness. It has a fishing hook stuck in its beak, with line tangled around its face and the bobber still stuck to it. My friend Sue who lives on the lake took some pictures. It's really sad to see. Sue and other people are trying to help, but it is hard to capture the swan to take it in for treatment. Hopefully it will get some help, as this is supposed to be a news story on local channels 9 and 12 sometime in the coming days.
Some people may argue that this is an environmental blog, and technically swans are an invasive species that can have negative environmental impacts (aggressive towards native species, uprooting aquatic vegetation, etc.). Ok, yes, I know, but my point here is man impacts wildlife. Besides, how can you look at the pictures and not feel bad? Plus, this is a small family of swans on a large lake. I doubt they are causing major negative impacts. Even if you have issues and don't like swans for being a non-native species, throwing away fishing hooks and lines into the environment also affects other local water animals like ducks, geese, cormorants, fish, and otters. Hooks can cause infection, and if line gets tangled around their mouths, they can starve. Or if line is tangled on another body part, the animal can grow until it cuts off their circulation or cuts into their skin.
So my point today is think about your actions. Littering may not affect you in the short term, but it does affect wildlife. And as animals are an important part of the environment, we should be protecting them.
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