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Man who stomped pelican that stole his fish pleads guilty to animal cruelty

Daniel Richard Moreno was sentenced to 20 days for stomping on this pelican's beak, fracturing it.When a pelican nabbed a fish that Daniel Richard Moreno had caught on the Newport Beach coast earlier this year, he turned violent, stomping the bird, authorities say.

On Wednesday, Moreno, 20, was sentenced to community service and probation after pleading guilty the day before to misdemeanor animal cruelty, prosecutors said.

The Perris man had been sentenced to 20 days in jail but was given the option of serving his time with Caltrans.

Moreno was given credit for time served after his arrest for the incident in March. He has 12 days left to serve and can either do the time behind bars or with Caltrans, which could require him picking up trash on the side of the freeway in an orange vest, officials said.

On March 14, authorities said, Moreno was fishing off the Newport Pier when a pelican swooped down from a nearby building and tried to grab  part of his catch.

Moreno stomped on the pelican's beak, giving the protected species a 33- to 36-centimeter hairline fracture and drawing blood.

Animal experts said the injury could have been life-threatening because pelicans dive beak-first into the water from about 60 feet in the air.

Read the full story here.

-- Joseph Serna, Daily Pilot

Photo credit: Daily Pilot

Comments () | Archives (15)

so...what happened to the pelican? he should have had a heavy fine in addition to working for cal trans...or maybe someone could stomp him and break his jaw?

Where's his photo at...you got the crane, but not his...You need to post the photos of these clowns, so everyone knows that he's an idiot...

Why is the Perris resident even doing in New Port Beach...

Somebody should stomp him.

He was stealing the bird's fish. He was in the bird's environment.

If the bird entered his kitchen and took the fish it would be the bird who stole his fish.

I think some anger management classes might be in order as well.

he should be prohibited from going within 1000 yards of any pelican resting, breeding or living area. and 10,000 yards, of any intelligent civilization. people like this have no place in our world, and should be be stomped, very very hard.

For some, the purpose of fishing is to relax, to think nothing but stare at the blue sea. But for some it to try to catch food for your family so I would understand the temporary madness when a lazy Pelican swooped down on the food for your family.

Moreno should be forever banned from fishing ANYWHERE on the coast of California. No telling what other vicious acts this cowardly punk is capable of.

Where's his photo at...you got the crane, but not his...You need to post the photos of these clowns, so everyone knows that he's an idiot...
Why is the Perris resident even doing in New Port Beach...

Hey thebigpictureee,

First off it's a pelican not a crane.
Second, it's Newport Beach not New Port Beach.
Third, the guy was fishing on Newport Pier. That's what a Perris resident was doing in Newport Beach.

They don't have supermarkets in Perris? I hate all people that kill things for nothing. I scuba dive in Catalina and there is always some yahoo that is spearfishing on the boat. The fish aren't afraid because they see divers all the time. People who kill are cowards.

He should be forced to stay in Perris & away from the coast.

Liz - if he needs to feed his family, he can buy a big bag of rice and some beans and get complete protein for cheap. No need to catch fish and stomp pelicans in frustration to feed the family.

The pelican spotted the boat and the big fish,
He swooped down and quickly ate his favorite dish.
The wife pleaded, "You must be nice to the pelican!"
But he stomped it good and shouted "Like hell I can!"
But the old fisherman was caught and pleaded guilty,
And now he is doing time in jail for animal cruelty.

What a sick bast#*d! Too bad he couldn't get even more time. Some people like this never learn and do not care. He just happened to get caught!

how would mr moreno feel if instead
this pelican stepped on his head?
would he then understand
the cruelty done by his own hand?


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