Is it illegal to feed a seagull in Maine?


One of the birds that happens to be synonymous with Maine is the gull. Colloquially, it has been given various nicknames such as a rat with wings or a garbage chicken. But seagulls in Maine, especially on beaches and coastal towns, seem inevitable. One reason is that in Maine, gulls have just enough access to food and shelter that they just don’t want to leave. While there is food from the wide ocean, seagulls don’t mind a taste of “human” food either. So is it illegal to feed seagulls in Maine?

No, it is not illegal to feed seagulls in Maine

Maine has no specific legislation making feeding gulls illegal in the state. A few years ago, a controversy erupted in Rockland where a woman’s constant feeding of seagulls led to a bird droppings situation. City officials ordered the woman to stop feeding the gulls, leading to an eventual ordinance. The move prompted many to question whether a state law should be enacted banning feeding seagulls. Despite much support, such a law was never passed.

Flock of birds standing by street lamp in parking lot.


Is it illegal to feed seagulls in other states?

Yes. Several other states, including South Carolina and California, have laws on the books prohibiting people from overfeeding seagulls. Laws were enacted in these states after seabirds became increasingly aggressive in areas where food was being served and/or consumed.

Young eagle chick in the nest


Does Maine have any laws regarding seagulls?

Yes. Hunting gulls is illegal in Maine thanks to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. In fact, chasing, stalking, capturing, or killing a seagull is a federal offense and can result in hefty fines if caught in the act. It is also illegal under the same federal law to remove or destroy a gull’s nest without first contacting property authorities.

You are breaking the Maine law if you have any of these animals as pets

Stick to the cats and dogs you know, because if you keep one of these animals (or similar animals) as pets in Maine, you’re breaking the law and could face severe penalties.

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