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January 1, 2003

More Brown Pelicans found mutilated

IBRRC asks the public for help in saving endangered birds

San Pedro, CA

A fourth endangered brown pelican with its right wing broken was found in San Pedro. The bird was taken to International Bird Rescue Research center but it could not be saved.

“These are not injuries that are accidental. All four birds had the exact same injury; a right wing broken beyond repair and all were found in the vicinity of the Cabrillo pier in San Pedro” said Mark Russell, rehabilitation manager.

“We are asking that anyone who has information that might help US Fish and Wildlife find the responsible person to please call the law enforcement division of US Fish & Wildlife at 310-328-1516.”

The California Brown Pelican is an endangered species, protected by both state and federal laws. It is estimated that only about 5,000 breeding pairs remain. IBRRC is asking the public to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities.

Animal cruelty is a felony in California. Violators of the Endangered Species Act are subject to fines of up to $100,000 and one-year imprisonment. Organizations found in violation may be fined up to $200,000. IBRRC is asking the public to call the law enforcement division of US Fish & Wildlife at 310-328-1516 and CALTIP at 1-888-DFG-CALTIP if they observe anyone harming pelicans or any other marine wildlife. Anyone finding injured or oiled waterfowl should call the center at 310-514-2573 for instructions.

IBRRC is located at the Los Angeles Oiled Bird Care and Education Center in Fort Mac Arthur, 3601 South Gaffey, San Pedro. Phone 310-514-2573 or 2574.

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Karen Benzel, International Bird Rescue Research Center, karen@ibrrc.org

Office: (831) 622-7588

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