(WFSB) – Trash and abandoned fishing lines are killing wildlife along the Connecticut coastline.
An osprey was lost last weekend after becoming entangled in nylon webbing.
Christine Cummings tries to help someone who encountered a baby owl on a trail.
Cummings is co-founder of A Place Called Hope, an organization that rescues and cares for raptors.
Last Sunday, she and her team were called to help an osprey that was 85ft up in a tree in East Lyme.
“He was caught in a fishing line. His leg, foot and wing were all wrapped up and every time he tried to get away from that line he got tangled harder,” Cummings said.
The bird of prey could not be saved.
The concern is not just fishing lines, but all types of discarded litter.
“It’s not just a fishing line, it’s a balloon ribbon, a kite string, it’s a 6 ring holder, a blueberry net, its plastic bags and guess what? other? His face masks,” Cummings said.
Eyewitness News fishermen said they were cleaning up after them.
“We find a fishing line but usually you won’t see it on the water which will somehow disappear until an animal is caught in it,” said John Ziogas of Bristol.
“I make sure to do this stuff at home by cutting out all the plastic and not getting into areas where animals can be touched by them,” said Beth Schaff of North Haven.
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