Fishing line discarded along waterways not only is unsightly; it can harm birds and other wildlife.The Colorado Parks and Wildlife reports that dozens of birds and small mammals become tangled up in fishing line along rivers, creeks and reservoirs across the state. An animal that becomes tangled in fishing line usually can’t untangle itself. It can’t run, fly or protect itself from predators and often dies.
Some birds use fishing line to build nests. The result is that chicks and young waterfowl end up tangled in the mess. Fishing line also cuts into the tender legs and feet of birds, waterfowl and other wildlife. Such cuts can become infected, resulting in a slow, agonizing death for the animals.
Monofilament line is strong and can last for years. Anglers who see it are urged to pick it up and properly dispose of it and to tell others about the dangers. Old fishing line can be recycled by sending it to: Berkley Recycling, 1900 18th Street, Spirit Lake, Iowa, 51360.
Be Aware of Lightning
Great summer fishing is also the time for possible severe thunderstorms, complete with lightning and heavy rain.When thunderheads are building up:
If your skin tingles or your hair stands on the end, a lightning strike may be about to happen. Crouch down on the balls of your feet with your feet close together. Keep your hands on your knees and lower your head. Get as low as possible without touching your hands or knees to the ground. DO NOT LIE DOWN!
Avoid proximity (minimum of 15 ft.) to other people.
Avoid being the highest object in any area.
If you are swimming, fishing or boating and there are clouds, dark skies and distant rumbles of thunder or flashes of lightning, get to land immediately and seek shelter.
If you are in a boat and cannot get to shore, crouch down in the middle of the boat. Go below if possible.
If you are on land, find a low spot away from trees, metal fences, pipes, tall or long objects.
If you are in the woods, look for an area of shorter trees. Crouch down away from tree trunks.
Lightning poses some special hazards to fishermen, especially if they are on or near large bodies of water, on exposed hillsides. Don’t carry graphite rods or aluminum rod cases; leave them on the ground, find shelter and return for them later.
Colorado ranks number 11 for lightning deaths in the United States.