The Mute Swans in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park have repeatedly suffered injuries from fishing line and hooks left behind by fishermen. While Mute Swans are an introduced species, that doesn’t excuse the harm caused by careless anglers, and it is almost certain that Mallards and Canada Geese are suffering the same types of injuries. Obviously, enforcement of litter laws would help, but perhaps it is time to ban fishing in what is a heavily-used urban park?
I see that all fishing in the park is catch-and-release (and I’m not surprised, I doubt the fish in that lake are good eats.) I have to admit – if it’s not for food, I really don’t see the point. You’re perfectly free to sit by the side of the lake without a rod or line and drink beer, after all.