Hoo Haven seeks help to rehabilitate pelican

Staff Report

Local wildlife rehabilitation facility Hoo Haven, Inc., near Durand, Ill., has received another adult pelican in need of rehabilitative care. The mature seabird was found injured in Erie Lake in Erie, Ill., after colliding with power lines. Pelicans are known to use this flight path during their annual migration. The bird suffered a very severe wing injury from the collision. At this time, volunteers are working to treat the bird during the critical phase of recovery and are asking the public for help with donations of fish.

Fishermen are especially encouraged to help if possible. For community members who have frozen fish they would like to donate or purchase from the store, that is also very helpful. A healthy pelican can consume fish equivalent to 10-20 percent of their body mass per day (up to 4 pounds of fish).

In the past, Hoo Haven volunteers have transferred rehabilitated pelicans to Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park in Florida, where they have become permanent residents and/or entered the educational program there. It is not known yet where this wildlife patient will go after treatment and recovery at Hoo Haven, but it will not be released because of the severity of its injuries. The immediate need for this pelican is to have enough appropriate food to better his chance of survival. Any help from the public is appreciated. Karen and Steve Herdklotz are the licensed wildlife operators of Hoo Haven, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of North American wildlife. The facility serves as the only federal and state-licensed wildlife rehabilitation center within an 80-mile radius. Since 2004, the facility has operated a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services “Regional Eagle Recovery Center.”

For more information, visit www.hoo-haven.org.

From the Nov. 16-22, 2011, issue

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