During your vacation to Sanibel Island, it may become tempting to get up close and personal with wildlife, but please don’t.
Laws are in place to protect your safety, as well as to ensure that our wild neighbors continue to thrive.
Please keep the following in mind during your visit:
- Take all the pictures you want of the alligators, otters, raccoons and birds that you see, but keep a respectful distance. Don’t try to pose with the animal, and certainly don’t pose your child near it.
- Do not feed any wildlife. Some have a dangerous bite. Feeding them also teaches them to depend on people for food. Most important, feeding animals encourages them to lose their fear of humans, which can potentially harm them, you, or someone who comes along after you.
- Our local wildlife are not pets. They are wild and will – and should – act that way. If an animal doesn’t behave as though it’s afraid of people – for example, if an alligator approaches you – leave the area immediately and report it to the police.
- Always pick up your trash and dispose of fishing line properly. A trip to C.R.O.W. will quickly show you the potential threat that trash creates for our wildlife.
- During sea-turtle nesting season from May 1 – November 1, keep lights from shining on the beaches. Tiny hatchlings immediately scramble seaward and the bioluminescence in the water helps guide the baby turtles safely to the ocean. Any source of light – flashlights, camera flashes, or lamplight from windows – can misdirect and endanger them.