Wildlife capture specialists from International Bird Rescue Research Center in San Pedro are joining forces in attempts to rescue a juvenile American White Pelican near Lake Balboa, shot in the bill by an arrow. The archery arrow pierced the upper and lower portions of the bill, sealing the bird’s mouth shut. It has been this way for over one week. A $2,500 reward is being offered to catch the culprits.
The pelican has been spotted several times over the past week in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, especially at Lake Balboa in Woodley Park in Van Nuys.
A hotline to report the bird’s whereabouts has been created. Please call: 831-869-6241
The Humane Society Of The United States is also offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) who shot this federally protected bird.
Injured pelican’s time may be running out, Los Angeles Daily News
Pelican With Arrow Through Beak Sought, CBS-TV 2 video report