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					                                                                                                                            By Lore Postman




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     Tired of seeing                         iscarded fishing lines lying           Rangers and biologists have had
                                             twisted in weeds might seem         to cut fishing line from dolphin tails,                                                      W
     their local wildlife                    like only an inconsiderate          manatee f lippers, pelican legs and
     injured or killed,              annoyance caused by lazy fishermen,          other unfortunate creatures.                                                                if t
                                     but Cub Scouts in Wayzata, Minn.,             A restricted ability to move can lead                                                     pro
     Minnesota Cub                   know their dangers —and they’re             to physical exhaustion and make the
     Scouts are out to               doing something about it.                   animal an easy target for a predator.                                                       aw
                                       The plastic lines, called monofila-         Some animals accidentally swallow                                                         line
     spread the word:                ment, can last hundreds of years in the     monofilament line and eventually starve
     Don’t leave used                wild. Any unlucky bird, fish or animal
                                     that gets caught in a line can choke,
                                                                                 to death because they can no longer
                                                                                 properly digest food. One sea turtle was
     fishing line in                  starve, drown or suffer painful injuries.   found in New York State with 560 feet of
     the water or on                   So on a chilly night last winter, 75
                                     of Pack 283’s members gathered to
                                                                                 heavy-duty fishing line in its gut.

     the land.                       assemble nine fishing-line recycling         Nationwide Opportunity
                                     receptacles large enough to hold hun-          While fishing-line recycling pro-
                                     dreds of feet of wadded up lines. The       grams have been available in coastal
                                     receptacles were then placed near           states for years, residents of land-
                                     area lakes, making it easy for fisher-       locked states like Arizona, Iowa and
                                     men to recycle their lines.                 Minnesota are adopting programs of
                                                                                 their own to raise awareness of fishing-
                                     Dangerous Encounters                        line dangers to wildlife around lakes.
                                        Biologists and wildlife conservation        Pack 283’s recycling receptacles
                                     groups say the danger caused by dis-        were put in place by the Three Rivers
                                     carded fishing lines is significant. Any      Park District staff before fishing sea-
                                     community with a fishing spot is at risk.    son opened last spring.
                                        The most common danger is when              Each den has promised to empty the
                                     an animal becomes e
				
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