Feds probing death of endangered bird in Maine

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Posted: Aug 02, 2013 8:10 AM

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Officials in the Maine town of Scarborough say they are cooperating with a federal investigation into whether the town bears any responsibility for the death of a piping plover chick at Pine Point Beach.

The shore bird was killed by a dog on the beach last month. Piping plovers are considered an endangered species in Maine and other states, and a threatened species in much of the country. Experts estimate only a few dozen pairs exist in Maine.

Town Manager Tom Hall tells the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/143rTd3 ) the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating. The town could face penalties depending on the outcome of the probe.

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The bird's death has prompted discussion of whether dogs should be allowed on Scarborough beaches during the nesting period for piping plovers.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com