is our forte. We are wildlife capture experts and pride ourselves
on being proactive - going out and looking for injured wild animals
that are reported. This is what sets WildRescue apart from other native
wildlife rescue organizations in the U.S.
was in September that we, WildRescue, and our colleagues at International
Bird Rescue, first learned about a bird collared with a beer can in
Half Moon Bay. We thought it was an isolated incident. Then, last
week, we were forwarded a picture of a different gull. Clearly, there
were others. It was time to ask the public for help in finding the
birds and hopefully the person(s) responsible.
spread quickly and through the reports coming in we believe there may
be as many as 5 gulls with Budweiser beer cans on their necks. They
have been spotted since the middle of August in various locations around
the Bay Area including Half Moon Bay, Fremont, Berkeley, Fishermen's
Wharf, Alcatraz and Stinson Beach.
Photo credit Don Battle
Going off of recent
sightings, we set out to look for the birds on November 5th. We did
manage to catch up with one of the gulls with a beer can around its
neck in San Francisco. A young gull, and unusually spooky and hard to
get close to.
was not until Monday, November 15th that we successfully captured the
young gull at Lake Merced. Watch the video below or click HERE.
later there was a report of another young gull at San Francisco State
University. It, too, was hard to approach.
to a kind citizen who befriended the bird with daily handouts, we
were able to successfully capture it on December 11th. Video HERE.
were grateful to have Mark Russell (International Bird Rescue) on
hand to check the bird thoroughly and Russ Curtis to help document.
believe there could be as many as 3 other gulls that have had this done
to them. We'd like the public to keep sending us their sightings so
we can find and help the others. We'd also like the public to not attempt
to capture the birds. Any stalking, grabbing, lunging, or chasing will
only make the birds harder to approach.
should be reported to our dedicated wildlife pager at 831-429-2323 or
emailed to rescue (at) wildrescue (dot) org.
are also on a manhunt. The bounty has doubled! Thanks to a matching
pledge from California Beer & Beverage Distributors the reward for
the arrest and prosecution of the person or person's responsible is
now at $6,000.00.
is a 501(c)(3) program - a project of EarthWays Foundation. It's run
by a husband and wife team and a corps of dedicated volunteers. There
are no salaries and no paid staff. All contributions go directly to
the costs of saving wild animals in peril.
can be made to WildRescue at P.O. Box 65, Moss Landing CA 95039 or by
interested in becoming part of their rescue team in the Bay Area, Monterey,
or Los Angeles is encouraged to submit an application HERE.
November 5th, Duane and Rebecca headed up the coast to look for gulls
collared in beer cans. At the harbor in Half Moon Bay, while they did
not find a beer-can-collared gull, they did rescue a gull horribly entangled
in a crab trap. Thanks to their dedicated rescuer and transporter, Sammarye,
the bird was transferred without delay to Wildlife Center of Silicon
Valley, and then on to aquatic bird specialists, International Bird
Rescue, where he is expected to recover. Watch it's rescue: