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USVI probes deaths of protected brown pelicans

USVI probes deaths of protected brown pelicans

U.S. Virgin Islands authorities are investigating whether five protected brown pelicans were illegally poisoned on St. Thomas.
The birds were found dead in a fishing community in the capital, Charlotte Amalie.
Natural Resources spokesman Jamal Nielsen said Tuesday that a tipster called the department to say they were poisoned. He did not give further details.
Brown pelicans were removed from the federal endangered species list earlier this month.
But they are still a protected species in the U.S. Caribbean territory.
Violators face fines of up to $10,000 and 60 days in jail.