State Department of Fish and Game wardens are investigating a large number of brown pelicans found at the Port San Luis with severe chest wounds.
Fifteen pelicans have died of their wounds in recent days and one is being treated at the Pacific Wildlife Care center in Morro Bay, said Jeanette Stone, center director. Pelicans often receive wounds from fishing hooks and lines but these injuries have been much more severe.
“The wounds are not your typical hook-and-line wounds,” she said. “These are wounds that are huge, gaping and ripped open in the chest area.”
Warden Lt. Todd Tognazzini said the birds could be getting hurt by diving after bait fish in shallow water and hitting rocks or other objects or someone could be intentionally injuring them.