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FWC investigates bird deaths on Neptune Beach

News Release

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-754-1294

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is requesting the public’s help with determining how pelicans and gulls on Neptune Beach were killed.

The FWC received reports about the dead birds over Thanksgiving weekend. Many of the birds were too decomposed to determine cause of death, so officials are unsure what happened to the animals.

It is illegal to take or attempt to take pelicans or gulls under the Migratory Bird Act of 1918 and the FWC is investigating the incident.

"We need the public’s help. Anyone with information can call the FWC Wildlife Alert number at 1-888-404-3922 to report the crime," Capt. Biagio Angiuli, area supervisor, said. "Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward if the information leads to an arrest."

People with information can also report the crime online at or email

If people see birds in distress, they can call a local rehabber to request help.

If dead birds are found, people can report the sightings to FWC’s bird mortality database:

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