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Some Jerk Is Shooting Birds With Blow Darts

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A mallard pierced by a blow dart in Newport Beach (Photo courtesy of Newport Beach Police Department)
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At least four birds with blow darts pierced through their neck have been seen around Newport Beach and now authorities are seeking help in catching the culprit responsible. Three Heermann's gulls and one mallard recently pierced by the roughly eight-inch long, arrow-like projectiles have been identified by animal control officers, according to the L.A. Times. The maimed birds are still able to fly, and authorities have been unable to capture them to treat their injuries.

Newport Beach police believe the darts, which have an orange flight at the end, were probably fired from a blow gun. Police haven't been able to identify who is shooting the birds, but it is illegal to possess, sell or shoot a blowgun in California, and state and federal laws prohibit anyone from intentionally harming birds.

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One of the Heermann's gulls injured by the blow darts (Photo courtesy of Newport Beach Police Department)
Over a dozen Newport Beach residents have reported seeing injured birds in the area, beginning on January 9, reports the Long Beach Press-Telegram. But authorities haven't been able to confirm if there are other injured birds or the same four have been spotted repeatedly.

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Anyone who spots an injured bird is urged to call the Newport Beach Police Department’s non-emergency line at 949-644-3717. And anyone with further information about this particular case is asked to contact animal control Officer Nick Ott at (949) 644-3688, ext. 2716, or nott@nbpd.org. Tips can be reported anonymously.