HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — A man accused of kicking a seagull at a New Hampshire beach says it was an accident.
Police have been investigating the report from a bystander at Hampton Beach on Sunday. No charges have been filed yet.
NH1 reports the man 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. The man says 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.