Published On: Jan 11 2015 11:19:50 PM EST Updated On: Jan 12 2015 12:56:26 AM EST
Pelicans injured at beaches
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -
Wildlife officials said they believe someone is intentionally hurting pelicans along the coast. They've seen injured birds in Jacksonville Beach and as far south as St. Augustine.
Ohad Paris is one of many volunteers with BEAKS Sanctuary. He said he's devastated to learn someone may be hurting pelicans on purpose. So far, he said he knows of at least a dozen.
"It's something in the teens -- 15, 16 -- so somebody is doing this," Paris said. "We really don't know who, or why, or where. It just feels like you're looking at an injured child."
Paris said BEAKS, or the Bird Emergency Aid and Kare Sanctuary, has gotten calls from people in both Jacksonville Beach and all along the coast, going as far down as St. Augustine.