Florida Fish and Wildlife Officials Rescue Two Brown Pelicans Tangled Together By Fishing Line and Hooks

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FWC Officer Cooper and FWC Officer Rice credited with savings the birds

Reserve Officer Cooper prepares to release the brown pelican after he just removed the fishing line and hooks from its body. (MyFWC Image)

FLORIDA – While on patrol, Reserve Officer Cooper and Officer Rice were dispatched to a call about two brown pelicans tangled together in fishing line.

Officer Cooper responded in his vessel and Officer Rice responded by land to assess the situation.

Shortly after, Officer Rice boarded Officer Cooper’s vessel and the two worked together to rescue the brown pelicans.

Our officers were able to place the birds into the vessel to begin untangling them.

After a short time, the officers removed the line and hooks that were tangling the birds together and they were released back into the water.

Once the pelicans were untangled, they flew back to perch on their pilings.

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The brown pelicans flew back to their pilings after the officers successfully released them. (FWC Image by Reserve Officer Cooper)
Reserve Officer Cooper and Officer Rice brought both birds onto the vessel to untangle them. (FWC Image by Reserve Officer Cooper)

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