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Monday, October 30, 2006

150-Year-Old Sea Gull a Federal Offense

An antique stuffed sea gull that hung on a wall at Cappy's Chowder House in Camden for 20 years has been declared unlawful. Federal agents confronted owner Johanna Tutone last Friday.
The federal officers told her the 1918 law forbids the sale or purchase of any protected bird, and gulls are a protected species. Even though the date on the back of the frame indicates that the bird died more than 150 years ago, Tutone’s purchase of the item 20 years ago constituted a violation, the officers said.

If found guilty, she could have faced six months in jail and a $500 fine, she was told. [Link]
With the help of Sen. Olympia Snowe's office, Tutone arranged a compromise: She donated the bird to the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport on Monday.


At 11:02 AM, November 01, 2006, Blogger Unknown said...

I think the whole thing is rediculous. I understand the Fed Agents are just doing thier job and I'm o.k. with that. But who walks into a place and picks out the rare bird on the wall as probably "contraband" and then sicks the feds on them....

Can you say too much time and WAY to anal.

At 2:52 PM, November 01, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

If white-tailed deer ever become endangered, it'll be a full-time job gathering up all the mounted heads in Maine.


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