SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed fining the town of Scarborough $12,000 after an unleashed dog killed a protected piping plover chick at a town beach.
The agency says in a letter Wednesday that Scarborough has ignored repeated warnings about allowing unleashed dogs on town beaches during nesting season.
The bird was killed July 15 on Pine Point Beach.
Under current town law, unleashed dogs are allowed on beaches from sunrise until 9 a.m. from July 1 to Sept. 15.
The town council is scheduled to meet next week to discuss a change that would bar unleashed dogs from beaches from April 1 through mid-September.
Town Manager Thomas Hall says he hopes the new rule will satisfy the federal agency and that the fine can be reduced or withdrawn.
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