Second Battle with Discarded Fishing Supplies
On June 11 the Wildlife
Medical Clinic triumphantly returned a rehabilitated common loon to
the wild after treating it for starvation and bruises suffered because
its beak and head were entangled in discarded fishing line.
But two days later conservation
officers at Homer Lake, where the bird had been released, realized that
the bird was in trouble again. They brought it back to the clinic housed
in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. This time, a radiograph revealed
a newand much more seriousproblem: a fishing hook lodged
deep in the bird's esophagus. The bird died a little over 24 hours after
the hook was removed endoscopically.
According to Beth Ellen
McNamara and Michele Forbes, veterinary students who co-manage the wildlife
clinic, many waterfowl and turtles are brought to the clinic each year
with injuries, ranging from severed legs to an inability to eat, inflicted
by supplies carelessly left by fishers.
The Wildlife Medical Clinic
treats more than 2,000 animals a year and is supported by tax-deductible
donations. Find out how you can help at www.cvm.uiuc.edu/wmc/.
A fish hook was
removed from the loon's esophagus endoscopically by Dr. Rhonda Schulman,
with the help of veterinary technician Kristie Stasi and Medical Wildlife
Clinic co-managers Beth Ellen McNamara and Michele Forbes. The bird
had to be resuscitated twice during the procedure, but survived, only
to die the following day.