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November 4, 2010

Who’s collaring Bay Area gulls with beer cans?

It has been confirmed by wildlife experts that someone is maliciously catching gulls (seagulls) and collaring them with cut beer cans. Thanks to reports by members of the public and birders, sightings have come in from San Francisco (Pier 39 and another juvenile gull at Lake Merced), Half Moon Bay and various locations around the Bay Area.

The two organizations collaborating on this effort, International Bird Rescue (Fairfield) and WildRescue (Monterey), are seeking the public’s help is locating the birds. They ask that instead off attempting to capture the birds, which can make them more wary and harder to catch, sightings should be reported immediately by calling (831) 429-2323 or emailing rescue@wildrescue.org.

“This is a federal crime punishable by severe fines, imprisonment, or both,” says Rebecca Dmytryk, with WildRescue, one of the groups spearheading this effort. The US Fish & Wildlife Services, who administrate the Migratory Bird Treaty Act under which this act is punishable, has been alerted to these incidents.

Through an anonymous donor, a $1,000.00 reward being is being offered for the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons committing these crimes. Anyone interested in adding to the reward should contact either organization.

Both organizations are recruiting members for their search and rescue efforts. Anyone interested in receiving training and volunteering as a rescuer should contact them through their websites: www.ibrrc.org or www.wildrescue.org

Media report

Bay Area birds found with jagged beer cans around their necks: MercuryNews.com

(Top photo courtesy of Don Battle)

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4 Responses to “Who’s collaring Bay Area gulls with beer cans?”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    To bad that someone is doing this. Collaring birds is a scientific valuable method to study some spieces like geese and swans.

    One has to to have a permit to do this wich only the authorities can give after training, and proof of the scientific reason for the collaring.

    The ones doing this in this way with beercans hurt ppl's trust in this method – done correctly and to the right spieces it wont hurt the birds..

    Hope the ones trying to solve this has sucsess catching the one doing this…

    JRP, Norway

  2. TeeRoonie Says:

    uhhhh, this does not look even remotely scientific to me.
    humans suck

  3. Anonymous Says:

    This makes me weep. I will never understand the mind of a person who actively engages in cruel acts. I hope those responsible are identified and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    There is no end to human cruelty to themselves and to other species. What kind of 'sicko' goes around catching gulls just to 'collar' them with beer cans. What is the point other than to ensure they die painfully. – Definitely the mental wiring is screwed up big time in these people's heads.

    If and when this person is caught, hope they 'throw the book' at him/her. – Maybe make them wear a ragged collar for a few weeks!

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