Photographer captures bald eagle tangled in fishing line – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

DAYTON – After a young Dayton bald eagle wraps itself with a fishing line around its leg, a man with extensive knowledge of eagles is urging people to take the plunge.

“Very dangerous thing for the birds,” said eagle expert Jim Weller.

He said his fellow photographer Jordan Leland took a photo showing one of the young eagles in Carillon Park with a fishing line tangled around his foot. The bird was able to free itself. However, Weller said that in some cases, the fishing line can cut a bird, cut off traffic and interfere with its ability to fly.

Now Weller wants everyone to watch where they put their garbage.

“This is the terrible thing, we could stop it, if we would just be responsible for removing our discarded fishing line,” Weller said.

He explained that it is important for everyone, no matter how close they are to the eagles.

“After we have had heavy rains, a lot of trash upstream, maybe other cities will wash downstream,” Weller said.

He doesn’t want to see other man-made issues hurting the eagles, especially after one of the youngsters died earlier this summer when he hit power lines. Now that the other two minors and parents Orv and Willa are doing well, Weller said it is important to protect them.

“We have to do what we can to protect these birds,” Weller said.

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