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January 5, 2011

Reward Offered in North Carolina Pelican Case

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons who may be responsible for harming more than 100 pelicans in North Carolina.

The Case:

According to published media reports, since November 2010, approximately 150 brown pelicans have been found with various injuries that may be human-inflicted along the North Carolina coast.  Most of the birds were found on North Topsail Beach.

“We applaud the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other investigating agencies for their efforts to find those who may be responsible,” said Kimberley Alboum, North Carolina state director for The HSUS.

If caught, the individual or individuals responsible could face numerous violations of state and federal law. Maliciously maiming an animal is a felony in North Carolina. Pelicans are also protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

The HSUS and HSWLT have an outstanding reward offer for information about similar pelican killings that took place on Bald Head Island, Oak Island, Holden Beach and Caswell Beach in December 2009 and January 2010.

Animal Cruelty:

Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.

Poaching:

  • Wildlife officials estimate that for every wild animal killed legally — tens of millions of animals per year — another is killed illegally.
  • Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poachers are caught.
  • Poachers kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways.
  • The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $2,500 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.

The Investigators:

Anyone with information about this case should contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Sandra Allred at (919) 856-4786.

The HSUS and HSWLT work to stop poaching across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information.

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Since 1993 the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, alone or in partnership with other conservation groups, has participated in the protection of more than 1.8 million acres of wildlife habitat in 38 states, including 129 acres in North Carolina, and eight foreign countries. On all properties owned by the Trust or protected by the Trust's conservation easement, both here and abroad, we prohibit recreational and commercial hunting and trapping and restrict logging and development. The Trust's commitment to these principles will never change as we continue to assist caring landowners to make their property permanent, safe homes for wildlife. Join our online community at wildlifelandtrust.org.

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