Gull litter picTHE RSPCA has freed a gull that had become tangled in fishing litter.

The gull was found by a member of the public on the promenade at Llanfairfechan, Gwynedd on Monday (22 September).

RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) William Galvin, who was assisted by RSPCA animal collection officer Ann Lloyd Williams, was called to help the bird which had a hook and six feet of line attached to it along with a heavy weight.

ACO Galvin said: “We were able to remove the hook and line and release the bird.

“This is another example of the dangers of how fishing litter can harm wildlife. We urge people to throw away their litter responsibly.”

Line can wrap around necks causing deep wounds in flesh and cutting off the blood supply, hooks can pierce beaks or become embedded in skin, and weights can be swallowed causing internal injuries and blockages.

RSPCA tips to help tackle the problem include:
Taking unwanted fishing line home and cut it into pieces before putting in the bin.
Being aware of surrounding trees – discarded line caught in foliage can entangle wildlife.
Don’t leave bait unattended – always remove from the hook and put it in a safe place.
Use a bait box – this will reduce the chances of leaving behind an empty bait tin by mistake.
Don’t leave hooks, weights or other paraphernalia behind.

There is a website page dedicated to fishing litter, please visit http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/litter/fishing

If you spot an animal in distress, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.

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