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PENDER AND ONSLOW COUNTIES, NC (STARNEWSONLINE.COM) — Wildlife rescuers are finding more dead or injured pelicans in recent days, deepening a years-old mystery of who is harming the federally-protected animals.

“It's alarming the number of wounded birds we're seeing,” said Toni O'Neil, director of Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary in Hubert.

Beginning in 2010, hundreds of dead and injured pelicans began washing up on the shores from Onslow Beach to Topsail Beach. The recent spike seems to be concentrated in Surf City and Topsail Beach, O'Neil said, adding it was disturbing and possible telling that so many dead or injured birds were being found in one area. 


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2015 years 10 months ago

You’re wrong…

2015 years 10 months ago

Pelicans die every spring from Domoic Acid. It is an acid that is produced in Algae. It is not the algae that kills the Pelicans but the fish they eat that have eaten the algae. Algae Blooms happen more in the spring months than any other time. West coast USA, Japan, and other areas have experienced this for many a year with the Pelicans. Since 1987 there has been a dramatic increase of this same problem along the east coast of North and South America. Pelicans will die from the poison and wash up on shore. Mutilated Pelicans of course are more than likely an issue with humans.

2015 years 10 months ago

The tie-in I see between the Charleston pelican abuse and here is YOU!!
No sympathy, a little poke at the rescuers….right now, if I were authorities, you’d be #1 on my list. Keeping a few eyes out for ya.

2015 years 10 months ago

Dead or dying pelicans have washed up on these beaches in the springtime for the 15 years that I have lived here, and before that I can remember it as a common occurrance where I grew up in the Charleston, SC area.

It is odd that the reporting of injuries is very vague, yet it is strongly insinuated that a human being is intentionally harming the birds.

I think it could be probable that we have in fact been inundated with a multitude of pelican rescuing type people in recent years, and that they have some distorted need to blame humans.

Maybe I’m wrong……

2015 years 10 months ago

Brilliant argument!


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