- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

SANIBEL, Fla. (AP) - Officials at a southwest Florida wildlife refuge are asking visitors to calm their wild ways during visits.

The News-Press of Fort Myers (https://newspr.es/1zrXbFO ) reports that over the past three weeks visitors at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge have broken some rules while visiting the site in Sanibel. Some visitors have attempted to record an Eastern screech owl by sticking a GoPro camera near its face and others used flash photography. Some visitors downloaded apps on their phones allowing them to play sounds of a rare mangrove cuckoo, while attempting to lure one in.

Ranger Toni Westland says it’s a friendly reminder to enjoy visiting the refuge in the correct way. She says ranger “walk a balance beam” of protecting wildlife while giving visitors an great, up-close experience.


Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, https://www.news-press.com

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