Maine man jailed, fined for shooting federally protected seal
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.