A group of wildlife protection agencies have quadrupled the reward for information on whoever snapped the wings of 11 endangered brown pelicans on Bolsa Chica State Beach.
The reward has risen from an initial $5,000 to $20,000 for anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. In addition to the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center, which is caring for the one surviving bird, other agencies involved are the Found Animals Foundation, Bolsa Chica Land Trust and the International Bird Rescue and Research Center.
Between Sept. 15 and Sept. 17, 11 pelicans were found on a narrow stretch of beach with horrific injuries, wildlife workers said. Of the four who were still living when found, three had to be euthanized because of their injuries.