A great blue heron, shot and left to die in Santa Cruz is in now in care at International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) in Cordelia. Native Animal Rescue was notified by a resident in the Swift Street area of Santa Cruz that a heron was injured and in need of help. It has been treated and released back into the wild by International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) in Cordelia. Photos
That is why PETA is offering as much as $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these violent crimes.
See: PETA Press Release
Anyone with information surrounding the perpetrators is encouraged to contact Michelle Bellizzi at the center at (707) 207-0380, ext. 110.
Great blue herons are a federally protected species. The shooting of a Great Blue Heron could be a felony in the State of California which has strict animal cruelty laws.
In September 2007, Native Animal Rescue was notified by a resident in the Swift Street area of Santa Cruz that a heron was injured and in need of help. The bird was taken to IBRRC, which specializes in the care and treatment of waterfowl and aquatic birds.
The heron was stabilized over this past weekend. On Monday the heron was x-rayed and examined by UC Davis veterinarian, Shannon Riggs, DVM. The x-ray revealed three pellets lodged in the birdís body.
X-ray shows three pellets in heron. Larger image (Xray: IBRRC)
The relationship between animal abuse and violence against humans is well documented and cases like this are taken very seriously by law enforcement officers. Anyone with information that might lead to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the shooting of this bird should call International Bird Rescue Research Center at 707-207-0380, extension 110.
Anyone witnessing the harassment or harming of wildlife can call the Department of Fish & Gameís CALTIP (Californians Turn in Poachers and Polluters) at 1-888-DFG-CALTIP.
Web addresses for the humane organizations assisting this bird are:
International Bird Rescue Research Center - http://www.ibrrc.org/
California Department of Fish & Game - http://www.dfg.ca.gov/enforcement/caltip.html
Native Animal Rescue - http://www.nativeanimalrescue.org/
Heron with gunshot wounds found: Santa Cruz Sentinel