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‘Clean up after yourself’: strong warning after eagle grounded by fishing line

An eagle is recovering after being wrapped in fishing line. .
An eagle is recovering after being wrapped in fishing line. . Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

An eagle is recovering after it was found tangled in fishing line with a hook embedded in a leg and wing.

The Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre was called after the eagle was found on the bank of the Red River near Middlechurch, Manitoba on Friday.

“We don’t think it was like this for too long,”  said Lisa Tretiak with the rehabilitation centre. “The bird is in good condition but it is under a lot of stress.”

Members of the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre work on injured eagle.
Members of the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre work on injured eagle. Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Members of the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre work on injured eagle.
Members of the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre work on injured eagle. Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

Tretiak urged anyone fishing to clean up after themselves to prevent events like this from happening.

“You do have this idea of bald eagles being magestic and royal so to see it on the ground unable to move is disheartening. It is something humans caused,” Tretiak said. “If you are going to be fishing, clean up after yourself.”

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WATCH: Members of the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre work on removing hook and line from injured eagle

Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre posted video of them removing fishing line from injured eagle
Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre posted video of them removing fishing line from injured eagle

The eagle will be started on antibiotics and the centre will monitor the wings during recovery. Once the bird is recovered it will be released near Winnipeg.