11th May2013

More dead pelicans found on Topsail Island

by Ken Clarke

TOPSAIL ISLAND – The mystery surrounding the death of Pelicans on Topsail Island continues as more Pelicans have been found along the coast in recent weeks.

According to an article in the Jacksonville Daily News, wildlife rescuers and groups such as  Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary in Hubert are saying they are finding a couple of dead pelicans a day along the coast.

Dead Pelicans began turning up on Topsail Island in 2010 when hundreds of the birds began washing up on Topsail Island.

In the Jacksonville Daily News article Possumwood Acres Director Toni O’Neil is quoted as saying that the birds being discovered are either dead or so horribly injured they had to be euthanized.

“I don’t know who could do such a thing to such a beautiful bird,” O’Neil is quoted as saying.

Despite a nearly $10,000 reward by the NC Wildlife Federation the person or persons responsible has not been caught.

The intentional harming of a brown pelican is a state and federal offense enforceable with a fine and time in jail.

To report wildlife violations, call the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission at (800) 662-7137. Crime Stoppers of Onslow County offers a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest or apprehension in any crime.

Anyone with information concerning the death of these birds can contact their local law enforcement office or Onslow Crime Stoppers at (910) 938-3273. Callers do not have to reveal their identities. For more information and updates like Crime Stoppers on Facebook at http://Facebook.com/onslowcrimestoppers.

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