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Fish hooks, trash affect turtles at Fountain pond

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People now want to see change at a fishing area in Fountain.

They say animals are getting hurt because those who fish, and other people, aren’t cleaning up after themselves.

Corey Adler, a district wildlife manager with Colorado Parks & Wildlife, says he sees items like fishing line and trash around ponds and other water areas often.

News 5 got word on Thursday that some people are pretty upset about this.

Viewer Rosi Golter sent in pictures she had taken at Willow Springs Pond in Fountain, a popular fishing area.

Golter says in one picture there is a turtle with a fish hook stuck in its mouth.

Another time she was at the pond she took a picture of a turtle that she says has a piece of plastic over its head.

After seeing this kind of thing happen twice, Golter says fishing should either be banned at the pond or it needs to be monitored better.

Adler says fishers will sometimes lose their equipment in the water, but won’t pick it up.

By doing this, there’s a chance that animals in the water could die.

Adler said, "If it gets a fish hook in it's mouth with a bunch of fishing line on it and it gets wrapped around its legs that animal might not be able to rise to the surface.”

He says if you’re a fisher, or just someone walking around a body of water, pick up fishing line or trash even if it’s not yours.

If you ever see an animal that’s stuck on a fishing line or some sort of trash you can call the Colorado Parks & Wildlife office at 719-227-5250.

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