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Discarded fishing gear has fowl impacts

Fishing line and a snap swivel hands from the mouth of a North Idaho wood duck that apparently has ingested a hook.
 (Larry Krumpelman)
Fishing line and a snap swivel hands from the mouth of a North Idaho wood duck that apparently has ingested a hook. (Larry Krumpelman)

FISHING -- Anglers have a responsibility to gear up properly to reduce break offs and clean up line and tackle as much as possible, whether it's theirs or that of another fisherman.

A lot of critters are out there making a living in and under favorite fishing holes. Fishing gear, from spent lead shot to monofilament can kill them.

While photographing waterfowl at Fernan Lake on Thursday, local birder Larry Krumpelman shot the image above of a male wood duck with fishing line hanging from its mouth -- and probably a hook down its throat.

Something to thing about.



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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