Beer, firearms, testosterone, and birds are a combination that is somehow always combustible. So it was this past Saturday, when six drunken yahoos on a beach southwest of Seattle shot ten gulls and a crow. They apparently lured the birds in with hot dogs.
Sharnelle Fee, director of the [wildlife] center, said two bullets found in the bird will be removed and given to authorities for ballistics tests.
“We have a lot of trouble with beaches where cars are allowed to drive on,” she said. Seagulls sometimes get run over, but the multiple killings are unusual. The fact that the birds were baited is particularly troubling, she said.
“It’s one thing to take a potshot, but to bait them and shoot them is pretty premeditated,” Fee said.