WildRescue struggles to capture birds with beer cans stuck on necks

on 07/11/10 at 12:32 pm

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After a grueling and futile two days trying to capture a juvenile gull with a beer can around its neck, a Bay Area animal rescue group is seeking help to buy equipment that could have gotten the job done quickly and enabled the group to direct their efforts to other afflicted birds.

The gull that has frustrated all attempts to capture it is one of several spotted in the Bay Area recently with sliced-open beer cans around their necks, in what the group, WildRescue, described as sick acts of animal abuse.

“We spent yesterday and a good part of today trying to lure it close, but no dice,” said Rebecca Dmytryk of WildRescue. A $3,500 net launcher would have solved the problem, she said.

“If we had had this yesterday, the young gull would be flying, free of that awful beer can,” Dmytryk said. “But, it’s still stuck in a race against time.”

Dmytryk said there have been confirmed sightings of possibly as many as five birds with beer cans stuck around their necks like a collar at several locations, including Half Moon Bay, Fishermen’s Wharf in San Francisco, and Stinson Beach, since mid-August.

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