Follow these steps to rescue a hooked bird: Reel in the bird. Remove the hook. Release the bird.
Watch the video demonstrating how to safely handle and unhook a bird .
When handling a pelican, keep the beak slightly open so the bird can breathe.Photo courtesy of George Veazey
Use scissors, clippers or a knife to gently cut fishing line and remove hooks.Photo courtesy of Jeanette Edwards
Seabird Rehabilitators and Transporters App
If a bird has swallowed a fishing hook or is severely injured, use our app to find the nearest seabird rehabilitator to care for the bird and/or transporter to take the bird to a rehabilitator. Please stay with the bird until help arrives. You can also report an injured bird to the FWC using our FWC Reporter app for Apple or Android smartphones or tablets. You can download the free app from the App Store or Google Play .
Download our Pelican Rescue Brochure
For tips on how to avoid hooking seabirds, visit protect Florida's seabirds.
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