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NOVATO, Calif. -- Authorities in the San Francisco Bay area town of Novato are flapping about the theft of a park statue -- a 700-pound bronze pelican.

The Marin Independent Journal says the statue, titled Omay -- a Miwok Indian word for pelican -- apparently was stolen over the weekend from a park near Scottsdale Pond.

The statue was commissioned by the city council in 2007 at a cost of $27,500. It is 9 feet tall with a 10-foot wingspan and was sculpted by artist David Clemons of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Novato police say it may have been stolen for its metal but the motive isn't clear yet. They're offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the thieves.

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