Nearly 2 dozen seagulls believed intentionally maimed
The Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach has received 22 seagulls since Feb. 5, all suffering from similar suspicious wing breaks. They were harmed so badly, they had to be put down, said center technician Kelly Beavers.
The fractures occurred in the same place, on the birds' right wings. Most were found in Huntington Beach, except for two in Laguna Beach, Beavers said.
"These are healthy birds, and the bones look like they’ve just been grabbed and snapped," Beavers said.
Orange County Animal Control, lifeguards and beachgoers discovered the birds sporadically over a one-month period and alerted the care center.
Two maimed birds were found this week, on Wednesday and Thursday, Beavers said.
A similar incident occurred in the area in 2008, when at least 11 pelicans suffered similar injuries. Only one survived.
Anyone with information about the seagull attacks is asked to call the care center at (714) 347-5587.
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Photo: Southern California seagulls. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times