Take trash with you after fishing
Charm is a Scottish Terrier and has a problem with fishing enthusiasts who leave evidence of their fishing trip behind. This morning, as Charm does every morning, enjoys a slow-moving exploration somewhere in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Today, her morning ritual was ruined when she became tangled in 10-feet of fishing line. Charm, a law-abiding Haddonfield dog was on-leash during her early morning walk, found her back leg tangled by fishing line that was hidden under leaves along the path through the scenic woods.
Fear in the woods
Of all mornings for Charm’s owner to leave the cell phone at home. The fishing line was wrapped around a grate along the Hopkins Avenue side of the pond which made it impossible for the dog to walk away. Fortunately, Charm’s owner had a house key which was used to cut the fishing line but Charm’s leg still had line wrapped around it. Scissors were needed to remove the fishing line completely.
Vent to the first Fisherman available
It was still early when Charm arrived home and her owner was angry. Charm’s owner grew up with an award-winning fisherman and knew he would be awake on a Sunday morning to hear about Charm’s dilemma. In 1974, Jack Buzard received a citation from the Pennsylvania Game Commission for catching the largest smallmouth bass in the State at 22 1/2 inches and 5 1/2 pounds. Of course a life-long fisherman would be the perfect person to complain to about fishing line.
Can not publish his comments here
True fishermen respect their surroundings because they want to return to catch more fish over and over. When Jack heard about Charm, well, his initial comments cannot be published here. As stated earlier, Jack is an avid fisherman and has enjoyed the sport for over 60 years. His disgust with novices who fish to satisfy a whim was evident. Often, novices do not care about the area because this is their first (and last) time fishing.
Jack did tell a story about seeing a bird tangled by fishing line and ended up hanging itself in a tree. The story was dramatic and honestly, sounded like a typical fishing story. Afterwards, Charm and her owner searched the Internet for “fishing line dangers” and found that the story about birds and other wildlife suffering tragic deaths due to fishing line not disposed of properly was not an exaggeration.
Not limited to the United States
The lack of respect for nature and its surroundings is not limited to the United States. In March 2010, the European News Wire reported a Tawny Owl was euthanized after suffering severe injuries from fishing line. Many websites and commercials inform consumers about the dangers six-pack soda rings cause wildlife and the need to cut the rings before disposal. In North Jersey, most fishing areas have signs alerting fishing enthusiasts to clean up after fishing and leave nothing behind. Maybe South Jersey should take a hint from the north and notify those enjoying local parks and lakes in the south to respect the area and dispose of unwanted items properly.
The time it took to free Charm’s leg from tangled fishing line provided enough evidence to her owner that a wild animal does not have much of a chance to survive when fishing line is involved. Everyone should take precautions when visiting fishing environments and nature preserves or else more animals will suffer cruel and painful injuries or death.
Charm, her owner and the wild animals enjoying Hopkins Pond will be very appreciative.