A Pennsylvania man has been cited by New Jersey environmental officials in the death of a seagull on an Ocean City, NJ., beach.
Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Bob Considine tells The Press of Atlantic City that 37-year-old Dennis Reagle, of Tarenttum, was issued a summons for possessing exotic or non-game wildlife without a permit.
Reagle told police that he hit the bird with a roll-up towel and broke its wing in July. He says he was defending his 2-year-old daughter from the seagull, which was pecking at her face as she ate.
Police say Reagle told officers the bird died as he was on his way to a trash can. Considine says a fine will be determined by municipal court.
It wasn’t known Wednesday if Reagle has an attorney.