A bird has become entangled in fishing line/hooks. What should I do?

DO NOT CUT THE LINE TO FREE THE BIRD. Instead, gently work to reel in the bird. When the bird is close enough, cover the bird’s head with a towel or t-shirt. Most birds will calm down if their eyes are covered. If you can do so without put yourself or the bird in danger of further injury, you may attempt to remove the line/hook from the bird. To remove a hook, first cut off the hook’s barb to prevent further flesh damage. Then gently pull it back through the hook entry site. If you have any trouble, or if the bird has swallowed then hook, then please call our bird emergency line at (305) 852-4486 ext. 1.