This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Any beachgoer can relate to the feeling of sheer dread and helplessness that takes hold when a seagull swoops into their vicinity — especially if food is nearby.

Adding to the anxiety for one New Hampshire man is a $124 fine. The man, Nate Rancloes, was levied the charge after a seagull shooing incident on Hampton Beach, also in New Hampshire, that went haywire. According to Rancloes’ version of events, he was just trying to enjoy a hamburger on the beach when an aggressive seagull swooped into his proximity. In a blur of shooing movements, Rancloes accidentally kicked the gull.

“I’d like to apologize and explain what happened,” Rancloes told local media outlet NH1.com. “I had just gotten back from getting a cheeseburger and fries. I was sitting on the sand. Seagulls got to my burger, and while still sitting in the sand, I spun around in a circle with my leg out to shoo it away, and unfortunately, did strike the seagull hard. It was a one in a million bad luck kick that couldn’t be repeated. This is no more than a simple mistake.”

Even though the kick was an accident, New Hampshire Fish and Game will move forward with charging Rancloes for harming a federally protected bird, for which the $124 fine is the punishment.

According to NH1, a witness corroborated to the fish and game department that the kick was an accidental repercussion of the shooing away from the burger, despite several people posting on social media that Rancloes had harmed the bird on purpose.

Almost all types of gulls are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, meaning all beachgoers in the US must be careful how they shoo away the pesky avians or face a fine for violating the federal law, like Rancloes.

American Express® Gold Card

With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
  • Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
See Rates & Fees
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
See Terms
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.