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Bay Area birds found with jagged beer cans around their necks
Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/4/10 | Joshua Melvin

Posted on 11/05/2010 3:12:14 PM PDT by GSWarrior

Someone has slipped sliced-open beer cans around the necks of at least three gulls in the Bay Area, and now an animal rescue group is trying to find the birds and the person or people responsible.

"It's sick. What's the next level of this kind of abuse?" said Rebecca Dmytryk of Monterey County-based WildRescue.

Dmytryk said she first heard about the birds after getting some disturbing photos at the end of September that showed a gull with half a Budweiser can stuck around its neck like a collar. She has confirmed sightings at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, a beach in Half Moon Bay and other undisclosed locations in the Bay Area.

Recent publicity has generated more tips. She and her husband hope to find two of the birds today and help them.

Dmytryk said the can collars put the birds' lives at risk. The gulls won't be able to properly feed as long as they are in place, nor will they be able to fully groom their feathers. Unclean feathers will lose their waterproof qualities and leave the birds vulnerable to the elements. The cans could also get stuck on something, trapping the gulls.

It's not clear if someone is setting a trap for the birds or catching them and shoving the cans around their necks, though the latter seems more likely, said Special Agent Alfred Colby of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. His office is aware of the case but not investigating it.

"Until more specific information is developed there is not a whole lot we can do," he said, adding his office would launch a probe if more leads are passed to investigators.

Anyone who is catching or trying to catch birds is breaking federal law, he said. Under the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act any "taking" of the animals is punishable by fines that range from $500 to $15,000 and up to a year in prison. There are also local and state provisions that prohibit animal cruelty.

Donors have put up a $2,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person who put the cans on the birds. Dmytryk said that anyone who spots the gulls should not try to catch them. Instead, people should page her organization at 831-429-2323 or e-mail rescue@wildrescue.org.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: animalabuse; birds; nature; wildlife
Those responsible should have the same thing done to them as they did to these birds.
1 posted on 11/05/2010 3:12:23 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior

Agreed.


2 posted on 11/05/2010 3:13:24 PM PDT by library user
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To: GSWarrior

There are just some sick people out there.


3 posted on 11/05/2010 3:14:31 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: GSWarrior

4 posted on 11/05/2010 3:15:01 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Retired Greyhound

Hey, it’s San Francisco...


5 posted on 11/05/2010 3:16:24 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: GSWarrior

great, now we’re gonna have to get metal shears to cut all the cans apart now. sarc/


6 posted on 11/05/2010 3:16:51 PM PDT by sappy (criminalibs)
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To: GSWarrior

Don’t SF homeless people make trinkets from old tin cans? Seems to me they are at fault.


7 posted on 11/05/2010 3:17:10 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: GSWarrior

What have we told those birds about drinking and flying?


8 posted on 11/05/2010 3:17:42 PM PDT by Flying right
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To: GSWarrior

I’m afraid if I caught those responsible, I would get even for the birds... and I’d enjoy the labor.

That’s just crazy...


9 posted on 11/05/2010 3:18:57 PM PDT by Gator113 (Beauty will devour the Beast in 2012. Kill "Obamamosque"@ Ground Zero)
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To: GSWarrior

Looks like Photoshop.


10 posted on 11/05/2010 3:19:36 PM PDT by telebob
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To: Flying right

Perhaps if these people move on to dogs and cats or endangered species of birds you may not find it so humorous. Or maybe you will. I don’t really care.


11 posted on 11/05/2010 3:20:18 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior
cannot figure out how they caught the birds in the first place...seagulls are not easily caught unless they were taken from some nest..

animal cruelty is truly sick...probably a bunch of drunks partying on the beach....

12 posted on 11/05/2010 3:22:53 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: GSWarrior

They are plotting their revenge.

13 posted on 11/05/2010 3:22:55 PM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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To: GSWarrior
Picture...thousand words...yada...:

14 posted on 11/05/2010 3:23:03 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: GSWarrior

I was wondering how the caught the gulls to do this. The photo looks like a baby gull. Maybe someone did this where the gulls were nesting.


15 posted on 11/05/2010 3:23:14 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: Beaten Valve

Yeah, they’ll ban aluminum cans next.


16 posted on 11/05/2010 3:23:23 PM PDT by rintense
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To: GSWarrior

Were these pet gulls? What kind of lower thinking does it take to believe someone could have “simply” slipped these around a birds neck?

Not buying it.

But if it’s true, kick that moron in the nuts.


17 posted on 11/05/2010 3:24:17 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Retired Greyhound

Absolutely disgusting and sick people out there.


18 posted on 11/05/2010 3:24:24 PM PDT by rintense
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To: GSWarrior

Gulls are rats with wings.


19 posted on 11/05/2010 3:24:57 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: GSWarrior

I actually don’t find it humorous, although my actual comment was funny. I hope that they find the person who did this and that he gets a huge fine.


20 posted on 11/05/2010 3:25:47 PM PDT by Flying right
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To: telebob

I don’t verify ‘em, I just post ‘em.


21 posted on 11/05/2010 3:25:56 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior
3 gulls makes news?

Any comment in the article about the babies being killed across the nation?

(Not saying the perpetrators aren't wicked...just trying to bring some perspective.)

22 posted on 11/05/2010 3:27:08 PM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: Flying right


From today's Vacation Gal III
23 posted on 11/05/2010 3:28:43 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: goat granny
cannot figure out how they caught the birds in the first place...seagulls are not easily caught unless they were taken from some nest..

Not all that hard really. You just need to put salt on the bird's tail.

24 posted on 11/05/2010 3:29:03 PM PDT by Wissa (Gone Galt)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Worse, welfare leaches of the sea!


25 posted on 11/05/2010 3:29:09 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: GSWarrior

Seagulls are rats with wings.


26 posted on 11/05/2010 3:30:56 PM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: GSWarrior

The dumb birds should have used an opener. Sheesh.


27 posted on 11/05/2010 3:32:13 PM PDT by llevrok (Drink your beer, damnit. There are sober people in Africa!)
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To: GSWarrior

What is the mindset for this kind of thing anyway? Of course alcohol involved then some one says “hey you know what would be fun?” so they go to the shop and cut down beer cans.. I just have no clue sometimes.


28 posted on 11/05/2010 3:33:48 PM PDT by ColdOne (Who Knew? MSNBC has ethics? Fired Keif!!!!!!)
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To: GSWarrior
Considering the location, I'm thinking some sort of a mini-global warming crusade.

Be willing to bet some enviro-nazi did this in order to draw attention to their latest cause, such as banning aluminum cans or increasing the beverage container deposit. There was probably one bird that they photographed and then immediately removed the collar, while 'sightings' around the Bay area were probably made up to further the cause.

When I read San Francisco in any article I think agitprop.
29 posted on 11/05/2010 3:54:32 PM PDT by struwwelpeter
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To: Blood of Tyrants

skyrats


30 posted on 11/05/2010 3:56:04 PM PDT by steveo (2010 never again)
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To: Wissa

LOL I was told that as a kid, never did work for me..


31 posted on 11/05/2010 3:59:45 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: ColdOne

>>What is the mindset for this kind of thing anyway? Of course alcohol involved then some one says “hey you know what would be fun?” so they go to the shop and cut down beer cans.. I just have no clue sometimes.<<

Maybe it was a set up. Maybe the cans were cut for other purposes and the birds stuck their heads in (not the brightest birds in the air) Or maybe someone was tired of these rats with wings divebombing their food.

Bets are #1.


32 posted on 11/05/2010 4:15:57 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: GSWarrior

how about a broken bottle and a sliced beer can around the necks of those responsible? Sounds fair to me.


33 posted on 11/05/2010 5:26:56 PM PDT by cubreporter ( Trust Rush and you won't go wrong.)
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To: GSWarrior

The people described in the article who are so worked up over this almost certainly support the “right” of the abortion clinic down the street to brutally destroy human babies.


34 posted on 11/05/2010 5:31:23 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (The credit goes to the citizens. So does the blame. That's the price of being the sovereign.)
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To: EternalVigilance

You may be correct. But I don’t support that right.


35 posted on 11/08/2010 9:09:40 AM PST by GSWarrior
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