A male Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) was found dead on 15 April 2004, hanging from a piece of monofilament fishing line over the Kinnikinic River near River Falls, Wisconsin (Pierce County). The individual was hooked through the tongue by a fly-fishing lure. Although fishing tackle has been reported as a cause of mortality for several aquatic bird species, further research is needed to determine whether abandoned trout-fishing lures represent a significant threat to aerial insectivores.
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