‘Be mindful of local wildlife,’ police urge as Fife Swan found tangled in fishing line with weights attached to it

Police in Fife are urging visitors to Birnie and Gaddon Lochs in Fife to ‘be mindful of local wildlife’ after an injured swan was discovered with a fishing line, hooks and weights attached to it earlier this morning.

Thursday, 19th November 2020, 11:47 am
The injured Fife Swan after it was discovered with a fishing line attached to it.
The injured Fife Swan after it was discovered with a fishing line attached to it.

The Scottish SPCA has been contacted and are attending to provide assistance to the Swan located in Birnie and Gaddon Lochs.

It is unclear how the swan managed to get stuck in the line, however, local officers are reminding the public that it is illegal to fish in either of the reserves.

PC Ben Pacholek, Fife's Wildlife Crime Liaison Officer, said: “Whilst it is unclear where the swan has become tangled in the fishing line, I’d remind anyone attending Birnie and

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Gaddon Lochs that fishing is not permitted on either of the reserves.

"Anyone fishing at the reserves is committing a criminal offence and could find themselves the subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal."

Information on wildlife crime can be found via Police Scotland’s website.

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