Thursday, June 19, 2008

Feeding Pelicans could lead to fine, jail time

Feeding brown pelicans can jeopardize their lives and lead to jail time, according to an article at NWF Daily News. A biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission noted that the birds can become so used to free daily meals that they fail to migrate south and end up becoming sick or die from exposure. Under a new rule passed by FFWC, feeding more than one pelican is considered a second degree misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 and 60 days in jail. It is also illegal to discharge fish scraps that attract pelicans to the area. The bones of discarded and dismembered fish can become lodged in the pelicans throats.

More here from the Daytona Beach News Journal.

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