In the northern parts of BC, common loons are often seen fishing on large freshwater lakes where their loud calls echo over the water like familiar summer music.
All loons are protected by federal law and may not be hunted. Recent studies indicate a low breeding success of the common loon as their breeding sites are affected by pollution, development, increased lake acidity, and increased mercury concentration in fish, which is their main food source. North American studies indicate that a significant proportion of loon deaths is attributed to lead poisoning from indigestion of fishing sinkers. Abandoned fishing line and hooks also cause injury and death. Anglers have the responsibility of using non-lead sinkers and of ensuring that no hooks or lines are left abandoned.
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