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Feds to post warnings at Fort DeSoto about feeding dolphins

Federal officials will post new warning signs at the Fort De Soto fishing pier Wednesday to discourage visitors from feeding dolphins. People who toss treats to the dolphins at fishing piers are doing them no favors, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA for short. The dolphins frequently become entangled in fishing line, and they may anger the anglers by stealing bait or even the fishermen's catch. Because NOAA officials have fielded multiple complaints in the past few months of people feeding wild dolphins from the pier, biologists will post 40 signs warning people that the practice is illegal and could bring fines of up to $100,000.

Feds to post warnings at Fort DeSoto about feeding dolphins 12/03/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 4:31pm]

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