$5,000 Reward Offered in Pelicans' Slit Pouches Case

A marine construction company that uses the pelican in its logo is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case of injured brown pelicans in the Florida Keys.

Officials say more than a dozen brown pelicans have recently been found with their pouches slit, causing them to starve and die.

The Miami Herald reports Dock and Marine Construction Corp. is offering the reward.

In a statement company president Glen Larson said the person who inflicted such harm on the pelicans "should cut out their own tongues to understand the pain they have inflicted."

The species is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.

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