A man was penalised after for allegedly kicking a seagull that tried to eat his cheeseburger at a New Hampshire beach. He was fined $124 for the act.
Police investigated the report from a bystander at Hampton Beach earlier this summer. Nate Ranchloes, the accused, said that he just returned from getting a cheeseburger and fries and was sitting on the sand.
He added that seagulls got to the burger, and he spun around with his leg to shoo one away, but struck the bird. According to a witness, the bird appeared to be injured and it struggled to fly away.
New Hampshire Fish and Game Lt. Adam Cheeney says seagulls are protected under federal law.