Swan snagged by fishing lure attracts attention

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A swan living in the Traverse City area that has a fishing lure snagged between its eyes is attracting attention of those who want to help the bird.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports the swan that makes its home in Grand Traverse Bay was spotted Monday in Leelanau County's Elmwood Township near Jim Chester's boat. Chester says a foot-long piece of fishing line is attached to the lure, making it difficult for the swan to eat.

The bird is a mute swan. State officials say the birds are considered an invasive, nonnative species with a destructively voracious appetite for vegetation.

Andy Knott is executive director of the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay. Knott says something needs to be done to help the snagged bird.

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