SEEKING INFORMATION regarding the injuries and deaths of pelicans in two areas of Florida.
FLORIDA KEYS: In the past few weeks, pelicans with slit throat pouches have been turning up on Cudjoe Key and in areas from Sugarloaf Key to Big Pine Key. Brown pelicans are fish-eating birds that skim the water and collect fish in their large throat pouches. The throat injuries prevent them from swallowing and can ultimately lead to them dying of starvation.
JACKSONVILLE AREA: Eighteen injured pelicans have been found from Atlantic Beach down to St. Augustine. According to investigators, the birds have compound fractures on their wings and look as though they have been hit with something. The brown pelican is protected by the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act and as a State Species of Special Concern by Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species Rule.
The investigations are ongoing, but your assistance is needed! If you have information regarding these incidents, please call our Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or text Tip@MyFWC.com. People with information may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. #Pelican #FlKeys #Florida #Bird #Crime #Jacksonville