WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
CLOSEOpt Out: I already like WMFE!

Like us on Facebook!

Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Why Are Injured Pelicans Being Found At Brevard Beaches?

Photo courtesy of Florida Wildlife Trappers and Rescue.

Wildlife rescuers are caring for injured pelicans that have been showing up at Brevard beaches. Leo Cross, who owns Florida Wildlife Trappers and Rescue, said his company has picked up a couple dozen pelicans over the past two weeks.

“Finding a lot of snapped wings like completely broken in half. The odd thing is we’re trying to see if they’re sick and they’re doing something like crashing into the ground, water. Or boats, you know there are a lot of shrimp boats out there off the shore right now,” said Cross.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded to a call that fishermen were hurting pelicans near their boats. Officer Lenny Salberg said FWC did surveillance and didn’t find any wrongdoing.

Salberg says they’re seeing a natural die-off of pelicans from Jacksonville down to Brevard County.

“It’s their natural instinct for them to dive from 30 feet down into the water. It could be self-injured. We don’t know how their wings are getting snapped,” said Salberg.


Sign Up For 90.7 WMFE's Newsletter

Catch up on the latest Central Florida news and get updates on programs, events and more.

SUBSCRIBE

WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

About Crystal Chavez

Crystal Chavez

TOP