RSPCA warning after owl found dangling from tree in fishing line
Written by Skywave Radio News on June 4, 2020
Calls have been made by the RSPCA for the public not to litter after an owl was found dangling from a tree after its foot became trapped in a fishing line.
It was spotted hanging from a tree in Hoghton on April 28, before being rescued by the RSPCA, and is now recovering at a local wildlife centre.
Councils across Lancashire have urged the public to take their litter home over the last few days as photos of overflowing bins and litter strewn across local beauty spots have been shared widely across social media.
The RSPCA is urging people who are going out more since lockdown restrictions were eased to ensure they are taking their litter home with them or disposing of it properly and responsibly.
Over the past five years the RSPCA’s emergency hotline in England and Wales has received 6,466 calls about animals affected by general litter – like tin cans, plastic bottles and elastic bands.
In Lancashire alone, 609 calls about animals affected by litter were made to the RSPCA across that period.
There have also been 15,183 reports relating to animals injured or caught in angling litter.
There have been a further 12,904 reports of animals and birds trapped in netting, which includes netting discarded as rubbish but this also includes sports netting or netting put on bushes or trees to deter birds.
Head of the RSPCA’s wildlife team Adam Grogan said: “Our staff are dealing with thousands of incidents every year where animals and birds have been impacted by litter – and they’re the ones that we know of. I’m sure for every animal we’re able to help there are many that go unseen, unreported and may even lose their lives.
“Litter is one of the biggest hazards our wildlife faces today – and it’s something that’s very easy to resolve. That’s why we’re calling on the public to take extra care to clear up after they’ve been out for a walk or enjoyed a picnic in the woods.
“Now that the Government has eased some of the lockdown restrictions, we’re sure lots of families will be out and about in nature.
“But it’s our job to protect nature and that includes properly and responsibly disposing of our litter so that animals can’t be hurt.”