OAK ISLAND, NC (WECT) – Four pelicans in Brunswick County will have to be euthanized after some humans injured them.
According to the Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter in Oak Island, four pelicans were brought to the shelter with similar injuries to their wings.
The pelicans suffered puncture wounds to their wings causing the birds to lose a lot of blood.
One of the pelicans found in Oak Island was euthanized on Wednesday. Another pelican found in Bald Head Island was euthanized on Thursday. The other two are expected to be killed later this week because they will not be able to recover from the injuries.
The start of gill net season has a lot of fisherman out on the waters in our area, according to volunteers. The pelicans tend to go after fishing boats for food in the winter season.
Experts said people are more apt to feed the birds in the warmer months and not the winter months. As a result, the pelicans end up nose diving onto fishing boats in hopes of getting some fish.
The injured pelicans were all juveniles and should have flown south for the winter.
They said they had a string of similar injuries in 2010, but this is the first case they are seeing this year.
The local Marine Fisheries Division is looking into the situation.
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