Man fined $124 for kicking seagull that ate cheeseburger
Posted: 9:40 AM, Sep 07, 2018
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<p>SENNEN, ENGLAND - MAY 30: Seagulls fly above people enjoying the fine weather as they gather on the beach at Sennen Cove on May 30, 2016 in Cornwall, England. As some parts of the UK were bathed in sunshine for the bank holiday weather forecasters have warned that gale-force winds and thunderstorms will sweep in from the east overnight. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)</p>
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — A man accused of kicking a seagull that tried to eat his cheeseburger at a New Hampshire beach has been fined $124.
Police investigated the report from a bystander at Hampton Beach earlier this summer.
the man Nate Rancloes, said he had just returned from getting a cheeseburger and fries and was sitting on the sand. He said seagulls got to the burger, and he spun around with his leg to shoo one away, but struck the bird. He said it was a simple mistake.
A witness said it appeared the bird's leg was injured and that it struggled to fly away.
New Hampshire Fish and Game Lt. Adam Cheeney says seagulls are protected under federal law.
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