A huge reward is being offered for information about the mutilation and death of dozens of pelicans in California. According to a release from the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a total of $25,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for attacking and mutilating dozens of brown pelicans on the coast of Orange County, California.
ALDF explains what has been happening to the birds:
Along the California coastline stretching from San Clemente to Huntington Beach, 34 brown pelicans have been found with broken wings since October 2020. Recently, a pelican was discovered with a twisted wing and bones protruding. Most pelicans did not survive, and those who did needed emergency surgery and long-term care. Officials believe the injuries were inflicted purposefully. The Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center is providing rehabilitative care to the pelicans and is working closely with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on investigating this matter.
According to a veterinarian, the injuries on the birds are consistent with harm that would likely be inflicted by a human.
Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells is hopeful that the large reward will lead to information and an arrest. He said:
“We are hopeful that the local community will come forward with information in order to prevent further harm to these animals”
If you have information related to the attacks of these pelicans, please contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife at 1-888-334-2258 (1-888-334-CalTIP). All tips will remain anonymous.
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