A beachgoer in Ocean City allegedly killed a seagull under false pretenses Monday, according to police, who are looking for the man.
The bird death was reported to police in the New Jersey shore town by a witness, but when officers arrived, the alleged attacker said the bird "was being aggressive toward young children on the beach," police said Tuesday in a statement.
The seagull had already been removed from the beach by lifeguards, police said. After officers questioned the alleged killer, they took no further action and left.
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"A short time later, the police were contacted by another witness that had a different version of what occurred," the statement reads. "This witness said that no children were being threatened and that the individual responsible for the injuries to the bird did so maliciously. At this time, the officers were unable to locate the person responsible."
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Ocean City police at (609)399-9111.