WATCH: Osprey rescued after getting tangled in fishing line
Footage has been shared of an osprey tangled in fishing line being rescued in the waters off Scarness this week.
It comes after the death of a Urangan osprey last year after hooks became embedded in its neck and wing.
The footage, credited to Judy Hunter, was shared by 7NEWS Wide Bay and shows the man keeping the bird afloat while setting it free from the fishing line tangled around its wing.
A local man has been hailed a wildlife hero after jumping into the water to save an Osprey tangled in fishing lines at Scarness. The bird was taken into care by wildlife rescue to be assessed after it was freed this morning. Credit: Judy Hunter. https://t.co/kDhhmxDYB0 #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/tkMkSuvMiV— 7NEWS Wide Bay (@7NewsWideBay) January 12, 2021
It is understood the bird was taken into care by wildlife rescuers after it was freed on Tuesday morning.
Earlier this month, the Fraser Coast Regional Council installed three new tackle bins at Urangan in an effort to stop such incidents.
Well-known osprey Queenie was snagged by a double gang fishhook and, despite undergoing emergency surgery, died as a result of her injuries.
Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said the loss of Queenie highlighted the need for fishers to be responsible with their tackle.
"Embedded fishhooks and entanglement by discarded fishing line are a serious threat to our wildlife and we don't want to lose another beautiful creature," he said.
"It is a common occurrence with birds and marine animals here on the Fraser Coast, so we need to take responsibility and prevent this from happening as much as possible."