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Two brown pelicans have been seen at Urban Fishing Program lakes recently. One pelican stayed at Papago Park in Phoenix over three weeks establishing a reputation as a fish thief. Anglers reported watching the large bird swoop from the palm trees to dive and catch up to five or six trout a day. On one occasion, the pelican flew towards some anglers and grabbed a stringer of three trout right in front of them and took off swallowing the fish and the stringer! Other anglers complained about the pelican aggressively chasing trout as they tried to reel them in. The pelican has since been removed by a wildlife rescue group. A second brown pelican was recently observed at Sahuarita Lake, eating more trout. If the fish gobbling bird doesn’t leave soon, wildlife officials will have the bird removed and relocated to the California coast to join the Papago Park fish thief.