Fishing line tangles osprey fate

Fishing line kills more than fish.

A wad of monofilament, with sinker still attached, nearly ended the fishing career of an osprey along the Clark Fork River last week. University of Montana ornithologist Erick Greene and Raptor View Research Director Rob Domenech found the fishhawk unable to perch and barely able to fly last week. Its talons were tied shut.

Raptor View Research Director Rob Domenech holds an adult osprey found tied up in fishing line last week along the Clark Fork River. Domenech and University of Montana ornithologist Erick Greene were able to remove the line from the osprey, who would have died otherwise.

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“It’s usually hard to catch the adults, but we got really lucky with this one bird,” Greene said. “It was very hungry and thin. It hadn’t been able to eat for a week or so. Folks had been throwing trout on the lawn for him, but he couldn’t pick them up and fly. So he’d sit there on the lawn trying to chew on them.”

Domenech set a bow net trap that he usually uses

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