Brown Pelican with fishing gear injury

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Photos by Kylie Clatterbuck

A common sight in our Los Angeles wildlife clinic: Here is the latest Brown Pelican to come to us with a fishing gear injury, this one affecting the bird’s left leg and foot.

Fishing gear in the environment is one of several issues addressed in Judy Irving’s new documentary Pelican Dreams, now in theaters. We heartily recommend this film for an intimate look at pelicans and the threats they face. photo 1-L