COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Someone is targeting migrating birds near a Marco Island Beach. Within the span of a year, an Audubon Western Everglades Field Biologist discovered two bloodied birds, both of which died.
In the latest case, a bird appeared to have been shot, found in the sand clutching its wing in its mouth. Experts say, it’s a sign of a bird dying in agony.
Brittany Pirsma’s job is to monitor areas south of Caxambas, north of Kice Island.
What she found this weekend disturbed her: “I came across a bird that was laying flat on a mudflat holding its wing. But I noticed that there was an obvious wound on its inner wing, chest area.”
She said the image felt like deja vu from a bird she found last year in the same area. She said, “It was deemed to actually have been shot with a pellet gun.” The bird died before she took it to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. The non-profit said there’s no evidence of a bullet in it. But it’s possible one could have passed through.
She said, this time of year, beaches in our area is filled with terns, plovers, and black skimmers.
The FWC considers the birds “imperiled”.
The FWC is currently investigating, and asking for anyone with tips to call the Wildlife Alert Hotline, toll free, 888-404-3922.