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
If the bird has swallowed the hook, or is severely injured, take it to a local rehabilitator. You can call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-3922 for a list of rehabilitators near you.
Download our Pelican Rescue Brochure
For tips on how to avoid hooking seabirds, visit protect Florida's seabirds.
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