Lee County pelicans injured after illegal fish carcass disposal

first_imgIt’s an ongoing problem that both Lee County and FWC said is not only illegal but one that avian experts said is permanently changing bird behavior. “It’s just an easy food source. So imagine you are wildlife, suddenly there is a novel source of food in bigger amounts that is easier to get, you are gonna go for it,” said Kara Lefevre, who studies bird behavior at FGCU. AdvertisementDespite the obvious signs, fishermen were caught on camera hurling leftover carcasses to Pelicans just last week. Barbara Kavanaugh, a volunteer with CROW said instances like these have led to tragedy. A few weeks ago, a Pelican had to be humanely euthanized by CROW after it got caught in the carcass disposal machine at Punta Rassa. “The boat captains, they are asking for help. They don’t want to see this behavior, they don’t want tourists to see.” Kavanagh said.  Proposed changes at Naples Pier aim to protect pelicans June 16, 2021 Advertisement Wildlife officers investigate injured Manatee County pelicans February 16, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS ‘Arvy’ the Pelican recovering from frostbite in Florida February 8, 2021center_img Advertisement LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The Punta Rassa Boat ramp turned into a Pelican Battlefield with the prize being more than half a dozen fish carcasses that were thrown into the water. FWC says it’s illegal to toss fileted fish in the water, but it still happens. Enzo Cherqua is a charter fisherman, and the owner of Enzo Outdoors, a charter that launches out of Punta Rassa. He knows that it’s illegal to feed the birds, but said other fisherman still do it. “Whether it’s the sheriff, FWC, Coast Guard… they are so darn busy. They just cant keep an eye on everything,” Cherqua said.  AdvertisementTags: fish carcassPelican AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentslast_img

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