WEYMOUTH, ENGLAND - JULY 30: A seagull watches as people gather on the beach as they enjoy the warm weather on the seafront on July 30, 2014 in Weymouth, England. Figures released by the Met Office show that this July is likely to go down as one of the warmest and sunniest on record. However the arrival of August will also see the return of more unsettled weather with the potential for heavy rain at the weekend. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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Man fined $124 for kicking seagull that ate his cheeseburger

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — A man accused of kicking a seagull that tried to eat his cheeseburger at a New Hampshire beach has been fined $124.

Police investigated the report from a bystander at Hampton Beach earlier this summer.

NH1 reports the man Nate Rancloes, 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. 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.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Lt. Adam Cheeney says seagulls are protected under federal law.