Bird stalker kills pelican
By ADRIAN MILLER
A PELICAN has been put down after being shot with an arrow at Yamba.
The mature male bird was put down after it suffered from multiple broken bones.
This is not the first time wildlife at Yamba has been targeted with arrows. A kangaroo last year was shot in the tail, but survived.
Yamba man Alan Brooks found the pelican while he was fishing in Joshs Creek, an inlet off Oyster Channel, on Wednesday afternoon.
He took the bird to former Australian Sea Bird Rescue officer Greg Davis.
"Where the wing joins the body it had a neat hole there with fresh blood on it," Mr Davis said.
"I parted the feathers and I could put my finger right in it and right through into its body."
Mr Davis said after he put the animal down he investigated the wound and was shocked.
"I cut the pelican open with a box knife to follow the wound and it's just a neat hole right through splitting and breaking bones in half," he said.
Mr Davis found an 80cm long arrow a few weeks ago in roughly the same area as the pelican, and to him, there was no other reason for the bird's injuries.
"I'd say somebody shot it and then hit its head with something and broke its neck, that's what it looks like to me," he said.
"I worked with sea bird rescue for a couple of years and I've never seen anything like that before."
National Parks and Wildlife Services spokesman Lawrence Orel said severe penalties applied.
"All native species are protected by law and for harming protected fauna the fine is over $2000 or six months in jail, while penalties are much more severe for threatened species," he said.