Newport Beach Police Department
Over the past weeks, the Newport Beach Police Department has received several calls regarding birds that have been injured by arrow-like projectiles. We have documented four individual birds – three Heermann’s gulls and one Mallard duck – that have been shot through the neck, although there may be more injured birds in the area.
All of the projectiles are orange in color, approximately 8” in length. Follow-up investigation has determined that the projectiles are most likely blow darts, used in conjunction with a blowgun. Images of two of the injured birds and a sample image of a blowgun set and are attached for reference. Continue reading