The nonprofit Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center announced the news on Monday, June 14. They said at least 22 of the pelicans had their wings broken so badly that bones came through the skin.
The center's director Debbie McGuire said a total of 32 pelicans were found injured on the Orange County coast between San Clemente and Huntington Beach over the past eight months.
“These are very serious injuries that require emergency surgeries and long term care,” said Dr. Elizabeth Wood, a veterinarian, in a statement.
The New York Times reported that of the dozens of surgeries performed on the pelicans, only 10 have been successful. Each operation costs the center at least $5,000.
Officials are asking anyone with information on the attacks to contact them.
“We need your help to find whomever is performing this atrocious act,” the wildlife center said in a statement.
Anyone with potential tips is being directed to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife tip line.
"This isn’t something you can hide," Wayns continued. "We need the public’s help to stop this. If you see something, say something."