The rats are also protected by the force of law.
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 some negotiations they have almost reached a compromise...if you want to call it that.
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.
"I thought they were joking," she said. "I thought any minute someone would come up the stairs and say, 'Gotcha!'"
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.
She spent Friday brokering a deal, with the help of her state representative and the office of U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, to place the bird in a museum. Though it's not yet final, she said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife agents have agreed to the idea and she plans to offer the gull to the Penobscot Marine Museum.She can't have it, but a museum can.
I guess if they have time to follow up on petty items like this then all important things have been solved. No?