Feds Investigating, Holding Meeting About Dead Pelicans

A federal agency is investigating the killings of dozens of pelicans along the North Carolina coast.

Stacy Shelton, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says the agency began its investigation last year, after a similar but smaller rash of pelican deaths.

Since November, volunteers and investigators have found about 150 deliberately killed birds, mostly in North Topsail Beach. The recent deaths have prompted the agency to renew its investigation.

Shelton says the wildlife service will hold a meeting with other agencies investigating the killings in early January.

Birds have been slashed, bludgeoned and even shot. Harming the animals is a violation of state and federal law.


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  • by Jim Location: hyde on Jan 21, 2011 at 03:47 PM
    Everyone knows it was netters! The NCDMF knows it and they are real crooks. They know the netters are breaking the laws and they know the trawlers are culling up and they know they will be exposed. Why??? Their members buy the fish!!!!! Conflict of interest, Again!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: New Bern on Dec 30, 2010 at 03:32 AM
    WITN, can you be more specific? "Since November there have been over 150 deaths..." November of 2009 or 2010? I used to live in Sneads Ferry, and 150 pelicans in either amount of timespan is a LOT of birds.
  • by J on Dec 29, 2010 at 12:16 PM
    Sarah Palin must be out hunting again.
  • by debra on Dec 29, 2010 at 10:11 AM
    What in the world are people getting out of doing this awful thing? Hope they are caught and get the stiffest penalty. Jerks !
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