WORD OF WARNING: Max Anderson wants people to be careful with rope lying around their yards, as they can be a hazard to native birdlife.
WORD OF WARNING: Max Anderson wants people to be careful with rope lying around their yards, as they can be a hazard to native birdlife. Paul Braven

Rope and fishing line a nightmare for birds

GLADSTONE District Wildlife carer Max Anderson wants residents to keep their yards tidy, and asks fishermen to dispose of their line, for the sake of native birds.

Last week a kookaburra was badly injured by a piece of yard rope that was wrapped around its leg.

The kookaburra was brought to Mr Anderson's care, but its leg was beyond repair.

"This is one of many birds," he said.

"We'll have a couple of birds a week that have been injured by fishing line or this garden rope," he said.

"This problem is everywhere in Australia and it causes horrific damage to birdlife."

He estimated between 20% and 30% of birds taken into their care were injured by line or rope.

He said the kookaburra last week that was brought to him was "pretty damaged".

"I knew there was a drama. He was pretty damaged," he said.



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