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May 23, 2009

$40,000 reward to catch condor shooters

Following the deaths of two endangered California Condors this year, a group is offering a $40,000 reward to help find the shooters.

The Center for Biological Diversity this week began distributing wanted posters offering the reward in hopes of finding those responsible for the shooting of the rare birds in the Central and Northern California.

“It’s important to take this campaign directly to these communities,” said Adam Keats, the center’s urban wildlands director. “In these hard economic times we believe that word of the $40,000 reward will travel fast and loosen lips, hopefully leading to a break in the case.”

One of the condors was poisoned by ingesting lead ammunition used by game hunters in the area of Pinnacles National Monument near Salinas, CA.

The California Condor is a stunning vulture that can live up to 50 years. With its 10 foot wing span, it is the largest North American land bird.

The full text of the center’s press release is available online.

San Francisco Chronicle: Search is on for California condor shooters

You can also download the wanted posters in English: http://tinyurl.com/condortip or in Spanish: http://tinyurl.com/condortip2.

September 26, 2008

Reward now at $20,000 for info on pelican attacks

The reward has been increased to $20,000 for information leading to an arrest of the person involved in the brutal attack on nearly a dozen pelicans earlier this month along the coastline of Orange County, CA.

At least 11 California Brown Pelicans suffering from severe wing injuries washed up on Bolsa Chica State Beach between September 15th and September 17th. Seven of the Pelicans were found dead by lifeguards. Four surviving birds were transferred to the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach, CA.

“The one surviving Pelican is doing well” said Debbie McGuire, Wildlife Director at Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center. “She is eating well, perching well and her weight is up. She is still not flapping, though.”

These Pelicans were young females; three juveniles and one sub-adult. Of these four birds, one is alive with a hopeful prognosis. With the exception of the surviving bird, all the Pelicans had compound fractures of the radius and ulna. “The breaks were horrific; the wings were snapped backward, and the last bird that came into the Wildlife Center had 3-4” of bone projecting from both wings” says Lisa Birkle, Assistant Wildlife Director of the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center.

“In my opinion, these injuries appear to be intentional. This does not naturally happen to eleven birds in the span of three days,” said Birkle. “We have never had this many similar injuries in this short an amount of time, 11 on the same beach”.

Several agencies have partnered to increase the reward fund as they realize the seriousness of this type of animal abuse. The agencies involved are Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center, Found Animals Foundation, Bolsa Chica Land Trust and International Bird Rescue and Research Center (pledged by IBRRC Board Members, non-operating funds).

The reward fund is currently at $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever may be injuring these birds. To help raise this reward fund to larger levels, please contact IBRRC’s Jay Holcomb, [ e-mail: jay@ibrrc.org ].

Anyone with information relating to these incidents is encouraged to contact Special Agent Ed Newcomer of U.S. Fish and Wildlife at (310) 328-1516.

Media reports:

KCBS-TV: Reward Offer For Pelican Killer Raised To $20,000

LAist: Protecting our pelicans

KTLA_TV: 11 Pelicans Found Mutilated on Local Beach

January 22, 2008

Reward now $6,000 for pelican w/arrow in bill

The reward was raised today to $6,000 for information on the culprits that shot this American White Pelican with an arrow earlier this month in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.

Others stepped forward to add another $3,500 to the reward started by the The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS. The reward is for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person (s) responsible for shooting this American White Pelican near Lake Balboa in the Van Nuys/Sepulveda Dam area.

There has been reports that the arrow might be a hobby or kid’s arrow and not from a professional archery set.

If you have any information, please call Rebecca at: 831-869-6241 or the International Bird Rescue Research Center in San Pedro at: 310-514-2573.

More information on the IBRRC website