- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) - Federal wildlife officials say they will no longer pursue a $12,000 penalty against the town of Scarborough, Maine, stemming from an incident in which an unleashed dog killed a piping plover chick.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the town has taken “meaningful” steps to protect the birds on its beaches since the dog killed the chick at Pine Point Beach in July 2013. But the service also says improved signs and rules probably will not prevent unleashed dogs from attacking the birds.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1xxYKZ0 ) reports the agency says it still has “reservations” about a tougher animal control ordinance that still allows unleashed dogs on town beaches at certain times during nesting season. Field supervisor Laury Zicari says the agency “can’t completely absolve” the coastal town.

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