Don’t Feed The Pelicans!

They can fend for themselves

Large numbers of young pelicans are a pain in the ass to fishermen, but although the pelicans may exhibit begging behavior and some may appear weak, the birds don’t need help, the fishermen need help against the birds. Not only is feeding them not good for the pelicans, but feeding the little beggars is not good for your boat, which they will surly leave your food on after it passes through them.

When people feed pelicans, it leads to dependence on humans and conflicts in the future, such as entanglement in fishing line around piers and boats. Improper feeding can also cause damage to the pelicans’ throat pouch and intestinal tract, and contribute to a decline in health and possible death. For instance Twinkies. Twinkies are a definite no no. And so is everything else you foolishly eat.

Although many people are understandably concerned about ailing pelicans, it is normal for some to die in the summer due to natural causes, especially the young pelicans learning to feed on schooling fish. The mortalities are caused by a natural balancing between population size and available food supply.

Anglers also should not feed pelicans or throw food scraps toward them or into the water. Trash cans and dumpsters should be kept closed to prevent pelicans from jumping in and getting oiled, and from getting fish parts lodged in their pouches and throats.

 Most of the pelicans in peril are young birds and human contact makes them become pier bums leading to an unsafe situation for the birds. Saving individual pelicans requires expensive capture, cleaning and care at a rehab facility, and we know that’s not going to happen in Mexico. Therefore, it’s better to exercise caution and take steps to prevent the problem in the first place. Anyone who sees pelicans that appear to be sick or injured or entangled with fishing line should not touch or approach them. Injured wildlife will instinctively defend themselves and may injure someone trying to help them. Who to call in Mexico? Well, nobody actually. Mexican wild life is just going to have to toughen up. Just don’t coddle them when you see them in distress.