MFWP wants folks to know that Loons, swans, cranes and other water birds can die from lead poisoning after swallowing lead fishing sinkers and jigs lost by anglers. Sinkers and jigs do not have to be made of lead. To help protect water birds from getting lead poisoning, anglers can use sinkers and jigs made from nonpoisonous materials such as tin, bismuth, steel and recycled glass.
Here is what anglers can do to be conservation-minded:
- Ask local sporting goods stores to stock non-lead fishing tackle.
- Use non-lead fishing weights.
- Discard old lead sinkers and jigs properly.
- Tell other anglers about the problem with lead and encourage them to switch to non-lead sinkers and jigs.