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Feb 10, 2010 6:14 PM by Danielle Lerner

Hundreds of dead and sick pelicans overwhelming rescue groups in California

An increase in the number of dead and sick pelicans has bird rescue groups in Southern and Central California concerned.

The International Bird Rescue Research Center in San Pedro has received 300 birds in the last three weeks. It usually sees 400 in one year.

Here on the Central Coast, Pacific Wildlife Care is also dealing with an influx of dead and sick pelicans. Sixteen birds were recently found dead at Piedras Blancas, just north of San Simeon. The center is also asking for extra donations to help with the extra load of sick birds.

Rescue workers are not sure what is making the birds sick, but say the pelicans are starving and something is contaminating their feathers so they are not waterproof.

They also believe the rains and runoff are contributing to the problem. Watch KSBY News tonight at 6:00 for the whole story.

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