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I don't believe I've ever tried stuffed gull.
I'm glad the Government finally did something worthwhile. I really don't know how we could have developed as a society knowing that gulls were stuffed and hung up for art. I always felt there were shenanigans going on in Camden, but I could never quite put my finger on it. I'm glad the Feds have everything under control-- everything.
As a thanks, I'm going to send a little extra cash in with my next tax bill.
I will definitely sleep better tonight.
If that small gull on the wall were to fall, it could have been the end of us all.
Lock it up with the Koi fish. Damn menaces to society!
The feds have nothing better to do. Terrorists coming across our borders come in third, forth, fitfth or lower in importance. They do not have time to chase our criminal aliens.
Would any of our resident lawyers chirp in on this....if the bird was stuffed in 1854 long before the 1918 act was imposed then would it be illegal to mount and display?
The Feds had no problem wiping out thousands of Gulls at the Marinette Marine shipyard last year. The Gulls were all over the place including baby gulls. The shipyard closed down for the 4th of July weekend. The gulls wre all gone when we went back to work on monday.
[quote]But the men were serious. Based on a complaint they had received from a customer, they told her they had come to confiscate the stuffed Greater Black Backed Gull that has been perched upstairs in her restaurant for more than 20 years, mounted under glass and surrounded by an ornate frame.
The federal agents told her she could keep the frame, but they would return Friday to take the bird, which would be placed in storage in a government warehouse in Colorado.[/quote]
Oh, now I get it. YOU can't have the gull, but WE can have the gull, right? Any bets the "customer" is some highly-placed government type who wants the gull for his own office?
She is brokering a deal to give it to the Penobscot Museum, good for her.
This government is truly, completely, rabidly, out of control.
[i][b]Maine's Park Service - "Saving the World from Killer Gulls and Koi, One Restaurant At a Time."[/b][/i]
Photo by Mark Wallack.
"Based on a complaint they had received from a customer,"....Not a local I will bet...
I bet you anything it was some govt. higher-up, who dined there, and covets the piece for his own collection. It wouldn't surprise me at all.
[quote="Bob MacGregor"]I don't believe I've ever tried stuffed gull.[/quote]
Tastes a lot like Spotted Owl.
But environmentalism isn't out of control, right?
[quote="Tom C"][quote="Bob MacGregor"]I don't believe I've ever tried stuffed gull.[/quote]
Tastes a lot like Spotted Owl.[/quote]
I prefer Condor. Great with Beaujolais Nouveau.
Dist - don't you find the wings keep knocking over your wine glass, though? I solved that problem with a handy-dandy over-the-table-condor-suspender. Works great.
I am surprise that someone hasn't said that that gull is only good with Allen's.
Gull is only good with the 1/2 gallon of Allens, not the quart!
Looking forward to the day when bureaucrates will be the endangered.
Keep this up and they might be! :shock:
"Something very odd." " Something legal".
How about an aborted fetus under glass?
bogeys, here's your answer:
[quote]The Migratory Bird Treaty Act calls for penalties of up to six months in jail and a $500 fine for possessing a prohibited species, said Eric Holmes, one of the agents who visited Cappy's.
[url=http://www.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/2006-10-28-maine-gull_x.htm]The law makes no exception for birds acquired before the passage of the treaty act, he said.[/url]
...After contacting her attorney, Tutone concluded that the law is not on her side and she would not win a legal battle. ....with the help of her local legislator and the office of U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, she worked to broker a deal, which is awaiting final approval, to place the bird in a museum.
She plans to offer it to the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport.[/quote]
Scott, I agree...environmentalism is WAY out of control.
When I used to do wildlife presentations in schools, etc. I would have to make certain that ANY feather which was shed by a raptor, songbird (other than a pigeon, house sparrow or starling), waterfowl, on display was collected and not allowed into the hands of another person.
All flight feathers, tail feathers, etc. were to be packaged and shipped to the Federal Feather Repository (we sent them to the one in Washington state). All carcasses were to be sent there or to museums who had put in a request with the USFWS.
My own mother used to have a few Blue Jay feathers displayed in a little vase on her windowsill - ones she had [innocnetly] collected out and about around her bird feeders. I'd kid her and tell her I was going to report her to "the Feds" - she'd have to do hard time and pay a hefty fine because of those beautiful blue feathers :lol:
The laws/rules have a good purpose as originally intended. But it goes without saying that we've gone completely nuts over some of these things. It's too bad the restaurant owner wasn't advised to put in for a special license to display this mounted seagull :roll: :roll:
Native Americans are for the most part exempt due to their religious beliefs with regards to the feathers of eagles and other birds of prey. They too, are supposed to apply for a license with regards to some "parts"...
[quote]150-year-old stuffed gull[/quote]
What were the laws and enforcement actions in place 150 years ago?
What is the statute if limitations?
Good fricken grief...
Paul, your little Frankenstein guy should look at my previous post. He'll find the answer to his question there. Wait, I'll translate for him:
"The law makes no exception for birds acquired before the passage of the treaty act..." :shock:
You must not question the Feds on this matter, Paul.
In fact, because you have expressed OUTRAGE, I have reported you to the Feather Police.
You have been warned.
[quote="BothGuns"]"Based on a complaint they had received from a customer,"....Not a local I will bet...[/quote]
When asked about who she thought might have reported the gull, Tutone responded "I'm not pointing any fingers, but I will say that we had a well-known celebrity guest, a native urban New Yorker, visit recently. Although disappointed we didn't have any worm plates, he was happy with his meal. He seemed very disturbed after discovering the piece on the wall."
A couple of federal agents walk into a bar....
Oh, oh,I know....it was [b]Alec Baldwin[/b]! This fool turns up in many strange places and acts like a total jerk.
Wouldn't the feathers fly if the bird were to "disappear" before our overly earnest servants could take posession of it? :roll:
" When two unshaven men wearing camouflage pants and plaid shirts walked into Cappy's Chowder House in Camden on Thursday afternoon, owner Johanna Tutone thought she was about to feed a pair of hungry duck hunters.
After the men presented badges identifying themselves as federal fish-and-wildlife agents and said they had come for her 150-year-old stuffed gull, Tutone concluded it had to be a prank. "
Johanna Tutone should have looked around, looked those two clowns up and down, told them they didn't have enough help and to fly their tails back to Boston. The gull would still be at Cappys, just as the pond is still there out back of Charlie Woodman's place.
They can arrest a dead stuffed gull, but don't have the will to deport illegal aliens. Who does the federal government represent again?? I keep missing it..
This is a waste of government funding. Is this high on their priority list? Send a notice and work it out.
[size=24]Gull's final resting place a museum[/size]
By Ken Waltz
CAMDEN (Nov 10): About two weeks after being told she was in possession of an illegally purchased migratory bird, Johanna Tutone, owner of Cappy's Chowder House in Camden, said a suitable solution of the bird saga may be at hand.
Tutone was told by agents from the Department of Interior on Oct. 26 that she illegally possessed a migratory bird. It did not matter that the bird â€” a common seagull â€” was placed inside a case and framed 150 years ago and was purchased by Tutone at a sea captain's auction more than 20 years ago.
Too bad someone couldn't file a Freedom of Information Act to find out who the tipster was. Maybe a reward could be offered for information leading tp their identification.
That person should be tarred and feathered......preferably with gull feathers!
The 150-year-old stuffed gull that adorned the upstairs dining room of a Camden restaurant for two decades will soon have a new home in a Searsport museum, but it may be able to reclaim its familiar roost during the summer.
Johanna Tutone, who owns Cappy's Chowder House, says she's pleased at the deal arranged by Senator Olympia Snowe's office to resolve her legal problems surrounding the greater black backed gull.