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Award Offered to Catch Pelican Abuser

By Laurin Penland

Wilmington, NC – The United States Humane Society is offering a twenty-five-hundred dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for harming pelicans. The Humane Society hopes the reward will spark fresh leads in a case that's been on-going for two years.

When several pelicans washed up around Oak Island last month, all of them had broken left wings. Mary Ellen Rogers at the Seabiscuit Wildlife Shelter says the wings were so damaged that she had to put down the pelicans.

This isn't the first time Rogers has seen this. She says pelicans with the same injury washed ashore near Wrightsville Beach and Topsail Beach back in 2007.

"I was hoping that was the end of it. But it looks like these wounds are identical to those wounds, like it could be the same person doing it. We are very upset about it."

Rogers says she thinks the wings were snapped over the side of a boat or over a knee.

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