A senior councillor has blasted a careless “small minority” of anglers after a cygnet almost died when it got a fishing hook stuck on its head.
Coun Seve Gomez-Aspron spoke out after the animal become ensnared in Taylor Park.
It was spotted by a member of the public last week in difficulties after becoming trapped around a line and weights.
Park rangers were called who, with the help of the RSPCA, rescued the bird.
The cygnet was rescued but was in shock from the injuries it had received, and was quickly taken to RSPCA vets for treatment.
Vets fears the bird would die of shock but it has since made a recovery and has since been returned to Taylor Park.
Coun Gomez-Aspron, cabinet member for Green, Smart and Sustainable Borough, urged anglers to take more care to protect local wildlife.
He said: “The much-loved resident swans on Taylor Park lake had hatched nine cygnets recently, which were thriving until this tragedy.
“Fortunately, thanks to the quick response from our Rangers and the expert intervention of the RSPCA, the cygnet made a full recovery and was reintroduced to its habitat on the lake Tuesday morning, and its parents accepted it back.
“Sadly though, these incidents are becoming increasingly common due to the lack of care of the small minority of the angling community, most of whom fully respect the waters they use and the animals that reside on them.
“I ask all residents to take care of the borough’s green spaces for the enjoyment of people and the safety and protection of our local wildlife.
“The vast green space we have is shared with lots of wildlife and we need to remember that, especially at this time of year, nature should be allowed to take its course without interference.”