More Injured Pelicans Washing Up On Coast

More injured pelicans have washed up on Onslow County beaches, months after hundreds of the protected birds showed up dead.

Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary director Toni O'Neil says three pelicans showed up Monday at Onslow Beach on Camp Lejeune. The three birds were taken to her Hubert sanctuary where they had to be euthanized. This past weekend four other birds were found dead with broken wings.

Last winter more than 200 dead or injured pelicans were found along Onslow County beaches. While necropsies done on some of the dead birds indicated no foul play, O'Neil and others are skeptical.

O'Neil hopes they will not have a repeat of last winter.


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  • by 40some on Nov 30, 2011 at 03:51 PM
    Always the same time of year. Same general location. My guess is that food is scarce, so the birds are diving on nets with fish in them. Guy gets aggravated trying to pick pelicans out of his mile long net and starts clubing them. Those cuts could be from the fine mesh of the nets.
  • by Hungry on Nov 30, 2011 at 03:16 PM
    Probably nets,fishermen turn them loose.Taste like dead fish.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 30, 2011 at 02:09 PM
    From the overpass, seen a boat full of fisherman drive their boats right into a flock of geese on the river yesterday. I don't doubt it's one of those rednecks..
  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Nov 30, 2011 at 01:00 PM
    Not trying to be non-mil-friendly, but, might they be getting broken from prop-wash? As in an Osprey or helicopter goes through a bunch and the turbulence breaks wings?
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      by silly fish on Nov 30, 2011 at 02:05 PM in reply to ralphie
      That is the first thing I have heard that makes sense. This would explain the cuts also---I know there has been some helicopter training in my area very recently--makes a lot of sense.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 30, 2011 at 02:57 PM in reply to silly fish
        Ralphie, the birds generally avoid any aircraft, and can both see and hear them coming, it would be rare for any to be caught in prop-wash or actually hit by an aircraft. Also, 7 birds having the exact same damage to the exact same part of the wing, with no other serious wounds is not likely to be the result of them being forcibly tossed around, but deliberately hit with an object of some kind.
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      by for sure on Nov 30, 2011 at 04:09 PM in reply to ralphie
      i agree--they need to investigate this further. im supportive of the military, but im supportive of protecting wildlife as well!
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        by bob on Dec 1, 2011 at 08:44 AM in reply to for sure
        i think they should spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to find out why 7 pelicans were killed makes since to someone im sure?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 30, 2011 at 12:30 PM
    Pelicans, great white shark wondering the beaches.....speculating it was fisherman? Geez, some of you fools would starve to death without the fisherman....you know they starve old people and babies too....
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      by 40some on Nov 30, 2011 at 07:48 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Starve to death? Probably 90% of the seafood caught here is exported to some other state or country. 90% served here is imported. Where are all the processing plants here that support and supply all of us that are gonna starve? New Hanover, Onslow, Pender?
  • by matt Location: enc on Nov 30, 2011 at 11:32 AM
    my guess is commercial fisherman. probably killed them cause they saw them eating dead, rotting fish from their unattended nets
  • by Elmer Location: NC on Nov 30, 2011 at 10:08 AM
    Drunk hunters, Fishermen? Hunters and Recreational Fishermen put more into the welfare of animals than any of you closed minded libtards. And No I am not excusing this if it was some senseless person that harmed these birds. But, creatures do die in the wild.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 30, 2011 at 02:16 PM in reply to Elmer
      Yes, they die of natural causes and predation. That doesn't generally occur in mass numbers at once.
  • by com fishman on Nov 30, 2011 at 09:59 AM
    it was probably some idiot named jim who was hunting deer while drunk and should of shot a mermaid.
  • by Bob Location: Roper on Nov 30, 2011 at 09:19 AM
    Probably due to drunk hunters who thought they were shooting at deer.
  • by Mermaid on Nov 30, 2011 at 08:56 AM
    So sad :(. Wonder if they're getting caught in nets or long lines?
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