THANKS FOR YOUR PART

Dear Editor:

Please accept my compliments on the pivotal role The Tribune played in Metro’s decision to leave Kingwood’s Park and Ride where it is.

Bill Bailey
Kingwood

THAT’S ‘FOWL’ PLAY

Dear Editor:

Kudos to the Texas Park Rangers who recently rescued a barred owl found entangled in fishing line and dangling from a tree near Lake Corpus Christi State Park. This owl’s ordeal is a stark reminder of the dangers posed by lost and discarded fishing tackle. Earlier this year, birdwatchers in Pittsburgh got a shock when they saw a bald eagle carry a fish back to the nest that was snagged with multiple hooks and 8 feet of fishing line. The nest webcam documented that one of the eagle parents fed a chunk of the fish – with a hook clearly visible – to one of the eaglets. Birds who swallow fish hooks often suffer lacerated beaks and throats; most will slowly starve to death. Animals who get entangled in line that is on the ground can become trapped underwater and drown if it catches on rocks or debris. Baby birds can be strangled if their parents used bits of fishing line when weaving their nests. The more animals struggle, the tighter monofilament line becomes – animals who don’t die can suffer severed wings or feet. Wildlife rehabilitators report that fishing line and other discarded tackle is the number one danger to aquatic animals today. Fishing is not a harmless pastime. To find out more, visit PETA.org.

Paula Moore
The PETA Foundation

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