2013 November

An Unintentional Catch

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All fishermen have, from time to time, a lure break off the line. The cause could be a weak knot on a long cast, a brush pile snag, or a simple drop while tying on. Perhaps it’s just an old lure. Do you bother to go after it, or do you think, It’s just old, and I’ve got plenty? If you love wildlife and water foul, that’s not a question you even ask.

Protect our wildlife by retrieving lost lures and other sharp objects.

Protect our wildlife by retrieving lost lures and other sharp objects.

This past summer a Canada goose came to the center with a lost torpedo lure embedded in its feet. The goose had stepped on the lure and the barbs of the hook pierced one foot. It appears that in attempting to remove it, the goose impaled its other foot with the lure. Now eight of the nine barbs were deeply embedded in both feet. One can only imagine the animal’s pain, stress, and frustration.

Its feet tied together by the lure, the goose was unable to swim and was adrift in the lake. Thankfully, one of our incredible wildlife first responders came to the rescue. She waded into the lake and gently brought the goose to shore. Discovering the lure, she rushed the goose to Carolina Wildlife Center where it was removed from the goose’s feet. After a time of quiet and careful monitoring, the goose was transferred to Carolina Waterfowl Rescue in North Carolina to complete its recovery.

With the lake level down on Lake Murray for the winter, this is a great time to walk the shoreline and remove lost lures, sharp objects, and fishing line that could harm our precious wildlife. While every moment spent fishing is treasured, so are the wild birds and animals that make being there so special.

Deer In The Headlights

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As I was driving home the other night I glanced at the radio and back to the road. There he was: a deer in the headlights. I gently placed my foot on the break pedal as he stepped off to the side of the road. My heart was pounding, and I don’t think my eyes left the road the rest of the way home.

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Did you know  South Carolina ranks 18th in overall likelihood of a vehicle-deer collision in comparison to the other states? State Farm Insurance data shows November is the month during which deer-vehicle encounters are most likely to occur. In fact, more than 18 percent of all such mishaps take place during this month. Deer-vehicle collisions are three times more likely to occur on a day in November than they are on any day between February 1st and August 31st. October is the second most likely month for a crash involving a deer and a vehicle. December is third.

Here are tips from the Insurance Information Institute on how to reduce the odds of a deer-vehicle confrontation:

  1. Keep in mind that deer generally travel in herds – if you see one, there is a strong possibility others are nearby.
  2. Be aware of posted deer crossing signs. These are placed in active deer crossing areas.
  3. Remember deer are most active between 6 and 9 p.m.
  4. Use high beam headlamps as much as possible at night to illuminate the areas from which deer will enter roadways.
  5. If a deer collision seems inevitable, attempting to swerve out of the way could cause you to lose control of your vehicle or place you in the path of an oncoming vehicle.
  6. Don’t rely on car-mounted deer whistles.

Keep your eyes on the road and slow down. That’s the best advice I was given about driving through areas where deer are likely to be on the move. Not only will it reduce your chance of injuring or killing one of these beautiful animals, it might save your life as well.