A brown bat became the latest victim of inappropriately discarded fishing gear last weekend in New Westminster, having a hook embedded in her neck. Fortunately, a passerby noticed the distressed bat and the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC (WRA) was able to intervene.
By placing her under sedation, the wildlife rehabilitators were able to remove the hook and repair the damage to the bat’s neck. She is now recovering (click to see an Instagram video of her enjoying breakfast).
But she isn’t the only victim of inappropriately discarded fishing hooks or lines. WRA alone reports treating wildlife injured by these objects regularly, with recent patients including Canada geese and Western Painted turtles.
These types of injuries and potential deaths are easy to avoid – if we take simple steps. Please be responsible when outdoors: cut fishing lines into smaller pieces before disposing of them and safely recycle or store hooks.