A week ago, a fisherman hooked a juvenile loon in in the leg. We know the juvenile well; it is a chick that hatched 9 weeks ago whose parents and territory we have observed all summer. As a 9 week-old, this chick is close to adult size. At the time of the accident, it was feeding itself for the most part and beginning to practice taking off and flying. The fishing lure changed that. With a hook embedded in its left leg and monofilament line wrapped around the leg, the young loon no longer dove effectively and made painful and pathetic efforts to fly. Fortunately, our team captured the chick last night. A round of antibiotics and feedings, administered by Wild Instincts, might give this youngster a chance to resume its development, regain its health, and ultimately head south with its brethren. We are hoping for the best.