Two teenagers in Newton, Illinois are facing charges for allegedly shooting white pelicans at the Newton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area.
Five pelicans were found dead there on April 3. Another pelican found shot and wounded was taken to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine for treatment.
Authorities say thanks to tips from the public, two teenagers have been charged with Unlawful Take of Migratory Waterfowl with a Rifle; Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm from a Public Roadway; Unlawful Firing of a Rifle over/into Waters of the State; and Unlawfully Disturbing/Harassing Wild Birds by the Use or Aid of a Motor Vehicle.
Because the teenagers are juveniles, their names are not being released at this time.
The charges were filed with the Jasper County States Attorney on April 14. The investigation was conducted by IDNR Conservation Police and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.