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Monterey Bay Sees Pelican Die-Off

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Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 2:22 pm

Reports of dead and dying young pelicans along Monterey Bay shores are spiking this week. One Weekly reader called to say she'd delivered an ailing pelican to the local SPCA; another sent in a photo of a listless pelican at the water's edge.

Experts say the deaths are probably evidence of a pelican population rebound coupled with a food shortage. The International Bird Rescue Research Center is currently caring for 80 brown peilcans, and has taken in an unusually high number of pelicans in recent years. A pelican die-off in 2010 also kept wildlife volunteers busy.

People who come across listless pelicans are encouraged to leave them alone, and contact one of the following:

WildRescue in Moss Landing (866-WILD-911)

SPCA in Salinas (373-2631)

Native Animal Rescue in Santa Cruz (462-0726)

International Bird Rescue Research Center in the S.F. Bay Area (707) 207-0380 ext. 11).

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