TITUSVILLE, Fla., Sept. 23 (UPI) — State wildlife and port authority officers say they are trying to determine who killed nearly 20 seagulls at Florida’s Port Canaveral.
Paul Sypien, head of the Wildlife Care Center of Florida in Canaveral Groves, said the seagulls appear to have been struck by an unidentified vehicle on a Brevard County concrete pier last weekend, Florida Today reported Tuesday.
“It was like a war zone, it was horrible,” Sypien said of the discovery of the bird Sunday. “There were vultures there picking over what’s left.”
Sypien said six seagulls survived the attack and were taken to his care center, but two later died.
“Nobody that we know of saw it happen,” Canaveral Port Authority spokeswoman Rosalind Harvey told Florida Today. “The port authority is fully cooperating to try to find out what happened.”
Sypien indicated the seagulls, which are protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, were likely unafraid of the vehicle used to kill them.
“They’re kind of used to be being around people and vehicles,” he said. “It’s just sad.”
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