See larger A sign above the midpoint on the Naples Pier points out to people 'Please don't touch or feed the pelicans.' The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says there is cause for concern in the high numbers of brown pelicans receiving free food handouts and they are changing the rules to prevent it. Pelicans have grown accustomed to obtaining scraps from fishing piers, fish markets, and processing facilities. When pelicans do not have to work for their food, they tend to congregate in places where they know food is easily accessible.

Photo by ERIK KELLAR

A sign above the midpoint on the Naples Pier points out to people "Please don't touch or feed the pelicans." The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says there is cause for concern in the high numbers of brown pelicans receiving free food handouts and they are changing the rules to prevent it. Pelicans have grown accustomed to obtaining scraps from fishing piers, fish markets, and processing facilities. When pelicans do not have to work for their food, they tend to congregate in places where they know food is easily accessible.

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