The Shores of Long Bayou

FEEDING OF WILDLIFE HURTS THEM AND US

Feeding squirells, birds, alligators, etc puts you and your property in jeopardy

What Types of Problems Can Occur From Feeding Water Birds? This includes pelicans, ducks, geese, herons, egrets, gulls, terns, cormorants, etc.

Feeding water birds leads to problems such as:

  • behavioral problems in the birds—they lose their fear of humans and become aggressive;
  • malnutrition from eating foods with low or no nutritional value;
  • injuries from swallowing hooks (Figure 1) and nonfood items;
  • entanglement in fishing line—which can lead to starvation, loss of a wing or foot, and death;
  • injuries from swallowing large fish bones which they cannot digest—large fish bones can puncture a bird's pouch, get caught in the throat, and even puncture a bird's stomach;
  • becoming tame, losing fear of humans;
  • increased spread of disease;
  • degradation of water quality (from concentrations of bird feces);
  • parent birds who are dependent on humans for food and therefore cannot teach their own young proper foraging techniques to feed themselves.


The Shores of Long Bayou is private property. Our ponds are maintained by a volunteer group that keeps some of the ponds chemical freeThe others are maintained by an environmental company. 

NO ONE MAY FISH THE PONDS.

​Snowy Egret Lake may be fished IF you have applied for a fishing permit at the office. You will be asked to leave the fishing areas if you do not have a permit. 




We give thanks for our great variety of wildlife.

Please be advised: 

FEEDING OF WILDLIFE IS PROHIBITED

​The penalty system starts with a civil penalty of $100, and then gradually increases in severity. For bears and crocodilians (i.e., alligators and crocodiles), subsequent offenses increase the severity of the criminal infraction and penalties, increasing for the 3rd to 4th offenses.

Offense Criminal Penalty Level Fines Incarceration Applies to Which Rules
1st None $100 
2nd 2nd degree misdemeanor Up to $500 
3rd 1st degree misdemeanor Up to $1,000 
4th 3rd degree felony Up to $5,000 

The penalties apply to a violation of rules or orders of the commission which prohibit or restrict the following: feeding wildlife or freshwater fish with food or garbage, attracting or enticing wildlife or freshwater fish with food or garbage, or allowing the placement of food or garbage in a manner that attracts or entices wildlife or freshwater fish.