Florida Keys

$5,000 reward offered in pelicans’ slit pouches case

An adult brown pelican was found with its pouch slashed on the seawall of the Venture Out Resort in Cudjoe Key.
An adult brown pelican was found with its pouch slashed on the seawall of the Venture Out Resort in Cudjoe Key. Miami

Dock and Marine Construction Corp. is asking anyone with information about the pelicans found in the Florida Keys to come forward.

More than a dozen brown pelicans have been found recently in the Florida Keys with their pouches slit, causing the animal to starve and die.

The species is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Dock and Marine Construction Corp., a marine construction business that uses the pelican as its corporate logo, is offering $5,000 for anyone who comes forward with information that leads to the perpetrator’s arrest and conviction.

“The deranged individual[s] who would inflict such harm on a docile, friendly and graceful animal should cut out their own tongues to understand the pain they have inflicted,” Glen Larson, president of Dock and Marine Construction, said in a news release. “I know I speak for all South Florida residents that enjoy seeing pelicans throughout Biscayne Bay and the Florida Keys, that these individuals who have the mindset to harm animals often harm humans as well.”

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