make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

More dead pelicans found at Topsail Island


NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- More dead pelicans have washed up on Topsail Beach, and investigators still have no idea who is killing them.

The Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary says more than 150 dead pelicans have been found along Topsail Beach, and it doesn't seem to be getting any better.

Volunteers say in the last ten days alone, at least 70 dead pelicans have washed ashore. They say there has been an escalation in the injuries to the pelicans.

Now they are finding birds with broken necks, gunshot wounds and even some that have been decapitated.

Deborah woody, a volunteer with the wildlife sanctuary, says she found at least 11 dead pelicans today. She drives up and down Topsail Island collecting the pelicans in the back of her truck.

"Somebody is really sick," Woody said. "If they are getting fun out of this, I feel sorry for them. I don't even know what to think that they could be doing this to a harmless creature."

At first incidents were isolated. The dead and injured pelicans were only found along North Topsail Beach. Now they are being found all over Topsail and in increasing numbers.

Woody says all the bodies will be sent to the University of Georgia for further investigation.

There is a $5,000 reward for information about the deaths.

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.



before i say anything, i really do not mean to offend anyone at all.

has anyone looked into religious extremists? it all happened before the turn of the year and if anyone knows anything about religious symbols the pelican is one of quite importance, and the relevence of its meaning somewhat correlates to what is happening.

i know that there are some extremist groups down this way, and while i hope that this is not the case, i do know that this is not some youth prank. it is too widespread.


these guys can turn their sights to seagulls and cormorants

Someone on a boat is responsible likely

Angry fishermen with psychological problems..? I really hope there is a special Hell for so-called people that are cruel to animals. Hope the $5k gives someone incentive to turn the scum in.