A New Hampshire man is being accused of kicking a seagull that tried to eat his cheeseburger at a local beach and has been fined $124.
Police investigated the report from a bystander at Hampton Beach earlier this summer.
According to reports, Nate Rancloes had just returned from getting a cheeseburger and fries and was sitting on the sand.
Seagulls were able to eventually get to the burger. Rancloes spun around with his leg and attempted 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.
Seagulls are protected under federal law according to New Hampshire Fish and Game Lt. Adam Cheeney.
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