Police Respond to Minor Vehicle Crash, Several Animal Reports

Sanibel Police responded to a minor vehicle crash and several animal reports in the past seven days.

Jan Smith of Ohio was traveling east on Periwinkle Way at 2:08 p.m. Jan. 27, when she slowed for traffic near Palm Ridge Road and the back of her vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Nicholas Deshais of Michigan. No injuries were reported.

Animal Reports

An injured bird was reported Friday, Jan. 21, in the area of 205 Periwinkle Way. The bird was captured and transported to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife.

A dead loon was reported Friday, Jan. 21 near the Buttonwood beach access and it was removed.

An injured tern was reported Saturday, Jan. 22 on the beach near Sanibel Arms on East Gulf Drive. It was taken to CROW for treatment.

A deceased pelican was reported Sunday, Jan. 23 near an unoccupied dwelling on Henderson Road.

Three iguanas were reported Sunday, Jan. 23, often sighted in the backyard of a residence on San Carlos Bay Drive. No burrows were reported.

An injured owl was reported Sunday, Jan. 23 in the 3800 block of West Gulf Drive. It was captured and transported to CROW.

Two deceased birds were reported Sunday, Jan. 23 near the pond on Pond Apple Trail. They were removed.

A deceased royal tern was reported Tuesday, Jan. 25 on the beach near the Gulf Pines neighborhood. It was removed.

A sick or injured tern was reported Wednesday, Jan. 26 on the beach at Loggerhead Cay on East Gulf Drive. It was transported to CROW.

Two adult-size coyotes were sighted Wednesday, Jan. 26 walking down Bay Drive.

A large group of iguanas, 25 to 30 of varying sizes, were reported Wednesday, Jan. 26 near overgrown vegetation on Sand Castle Road in The Dunes neighborhood. No burrows were reported.

An eight- to nine-foot alligator was reported Thursday, Jan. 27 behind a residence on Middle Gulf Drive. The alligator retreated into the water and appeared afraid when the officer approached it. But the resident said there are children in the area and she felt unsafe with the alligator nearby.

An alligator was reported Thursday, Jan. 27 near the Shared Use Path on West Gulf Drive, but it could not be located by the responding officer.

Animal reports can be made to the police non-emergency phone number: 239-472-3111. Iguana sightings can be reported via the city’s online form, which has a lot of questions to help identify where they are on a property. The form ranks requests by the date received.

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