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Mutilated pelicans found at Florida pier dubbed 'death row'

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Posted at 11:27 AM, Feb 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-14 11:27:25-05

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A pelican rescue group in Florida wants state wildlife officials to heighten patrols at a popular fishing pier in Manatee County after more than a dozen mutilated birds were discovered over the past month in the area.

State officials say they are investigating the incidence.

Friends of the Pelicans say some 16 disfigured birds have been found since January 9 on the Manatee County side of the Sunshine Skyway bridge.

Some of the birds were discovered as recently as last week.

The group says it has managed to save all but one of the wounded birds.