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First Beer Can Collared Gull Rescued

Submitted by on November 16, 2010 – 3:41 pm6 Comments
First Beer Can Collared Gull Rescued, photo from WildRescue video

First Beer Can Collared Gull Rescued, photo from WildRescue video

The first beer can collared Gull was rescued Monday, November 15th at Lake Merced in San Francisco, California by WildRescue.

According to the IBRRC:

Experts believe that someone is maliciously catching gulls and collaring them with cut beer cans. Thanks to reports by members of the public and birders, sightings have come in from San Francisco (Pier 39 and another juvenile gull at Lake Merced), Half Moon Bay and various locations around the Bay Area.

If your in the area, you can help! The IBRRC continues:

The two organizations collaborating on this effort, International Bird Rescue (Fairfield) and WildRescue (Monterey), are seeking the public’s help is locating the birds. They ask that instead off attempting to capture the birds, which can make them more wary and harder to catch, sightings should be reported immediately by calling (831) 429-2323 or emailing

As an incentive, a reward is being offered for the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for these horrible crimes. As of November 16th, the reward is now at $6,000 (USD) thanks to the California Beer and Beverage Distributors who made a generous pledge according to WildRescue.

(Note: There is no sound in the video above.)

Hopefully with the help of caring and concerned citizens, the two organizations will rescue the other 5 or so gulls!

  • Jonkev

    I know there are lots of people out there who dislike ornithology teachers and students banding birds. Could this be some sick way of trying to make a point? Whatever the reason, it's sick.

  • WildlifeCT

    I believe the cans are cut and set with bait, feed or plantings inside. The gulls would force their heads in and not be able to back out. It may not be malicious but possibly someone covering plants or something. I hope they figure this out.

  • Rebecca

    Nope. Would not happen. ~ Rebecca

  • Casper

    This just makes me want to find who did this and beat the life out of them…

  • Linda

    Glad to see the bird was fairly healthy and flew away with no problems. Thanks to its rescuers.

  • Ljravennscraft

    I do not get some people, I would like to catch who ever is doing that, and shove their head in a very dirty toilet.