Bird lovers push to outlaw fishing at park after beloved owl’s death

Brooklyn bird lovers are casting blame on Prospect Park anglers for killing a beloved great horned owl — after its leg got tangled in fishing line last week. Rangers first noticed the raptor hobbling around the 526-acre park last week, but by the time they wrangled it on April 27, it was near death.

“He was weak, ice-cold and pale from blood loss,” said Bobby Horvath, a wildlife rehabilitator. “We gave him heat, pain medication and fluids for shock, but within three hours he had passed away.” The twine was wound so tightly around the bird’s left leg that it cut through the flesh and rendered it flightless, causing the owl to die from an infection and cold, according to Horvath.

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