- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - A Maine man has been fined and sentenced to three days in jail for shooting a federally protected seal.

Joseph Martin of Warren pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge in federal court. In addition to jail time, he was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

A prosecutor says Martin fired at a group of seals as they approached his fishing boat off the coast of Acadia National Park last year.

The prosecutor says the shooting was captured by a camera on Martin’s boat.

A seal could be seen floating in the water afterward. It was believed to be a harbor seal or a gray seal.

All marine mammals are protected by federal law.


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