2015

Apr 14, 2015 Return to Headlines

Lafarge Lake Bird Tangled in Fishing Line

by GS GS |

COQUITLAM, BC, April 14, 2015 – A cormorant bird at Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake appears to have fishing line and a fishing float wrapped around its wing.

Coquitlam Animal Shelter and Urban Wildlife staff are aware of and monitoring the situation. Despite several attempts, staff have been unsuccessful at capturing the bird. 

Residents who see the bird are asked not to attempt to catch it, as they could end up injuring the bird or themselves. Instead, please report injured or distressed wildlife to: 

  • Conservation Officers Service 1-877-952-7277
  • Wildlife Rescue Association of BC   604-526-7275
  • Critter Care Wildlife Society   604-530-2064
  • City of Coquitlam Urban Wildlife Coordinator   604-927-3554 
Individuals who are fishing at Coquitlam lakes are reminded to please use common etiquette, including:
  • be careful when casting around trees as fishing line can get caught in trees and then entangle birds and other wildlife, and
  • never leave behind fishing line, hooks, bobbers or bait containers – take them home with you or throw them in the garbage.

Both Como Lake and Lafarge Lake are regularly stocked with trout by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (FFSBC). Their ambassadors regularly visit the lakes to clean up and inform anglers about fishing etiquette, including proper disposal of fishing line. 

For information about the FFSBC, please visit www.gofishbc.com.

The B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations also has helpful tips for anglers at www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/ethics.

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For more information, contact:
Drake Stephens
Urban Wildlife Coordinator
604-927-3554