• Man who said he accidentally kicked seagull that ate cheeseburger fined $124

    By: Mike Saccone, Boston25News.com

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    HAMPTON BEACH, N.H. - New Hampshire Fish and Game has fined the man who said he accidentally kicked a seagull on Hampton Beach

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    Nate Rancloes was charged with a violation level offense of taking a protected bird during a closed season.

    Rancloes, a decorated veteran who received a Purple Heart in 2005, told NH1 he was sitting in the sand eating a cheeseburger and fries, when the seagull got to his meal. 

    “I spun around in a circle with my leg out to shoo it away, and unfortunately, did strike the seagull hard,” Rancloes said. “It was a one in a million bad luck kick that couldn’t be repeated. This is no more than a simple mistake. But social media has blown it into something it is not.”

    New Hampshire Fish and Game still moved forward with a $124 fine because seagulls are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. 


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