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Western pond turtle gets hooked by fisherman

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 at 6:21 am in Turtles, Western pond turtle.

Western pond turtle gets hooked on fishing. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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Sometimes fishermen accidentally hook more than they bargained for.

Let’s hope this unfortunate western pond turtle, photographed by Dave Harper of Oakley, California, loses this hook soon. Dave says he tried to catch it so he could remove the “extra hardware,” but it “was as quick as any I have seen.” /Gary

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4 Responses to “Western pond turtle gets hooked by fisherman”

  1. Dave Harper Says:

    Gary,
    I wish fishermen would clean up behind themselves better. Its not all of them, just a few. I even get tangled up in the left over fishing line when hiking.
    Fishing line causes problems with all wildlife and many times the animal can not be caught to unravel the mess.
    Dave

  2. Dave Harper Says:

    Dear Gary,
    I wish fishermen would do a better job of clean up. It is not all of them, just a few. I have even been tangled in the wasted fishing line while hiking along lakes. All wildlife is affected by this issue, and many times it is impossible to catch the animals to un ravel the mess.
    Thanks, Dave

  3. Gary Bogue Says:

    Dave: Wish I had a quarter for every bird, mammal, reptile I’ve had to untangle from fishing line over the years./Gary

  4. Barbara Says:

    Dave: “I wish fishermen would do a better job of clean up. It is not all of them, just a few.”

    One thing that I noticed at Benicia Marina were disposal canisters for fishing line. I requested City of Martinez to put these things up along the Martinez Waterfront.

    With the request I forwarded a photo of a Canadian goose with its foot grossly entangled in fishing line. He tried to remove the line, but, naturally, was only pulling tighter. (I learned of Diana and Native Bird Connections after the fact.)

    I’m still waiting for a response from the City of Martinez …

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