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July 13, 2012
Man Summonsed for Intrustion of Piping Plover Nesting Area
Scarborough, Maine - At approximately 10:45 PM last evening, game wardens patrolling Higgins Beach for endangered species protection encountered eleven people camping inside a protected Piping Plover nesting area. Game Wardens Jason Scott and Peter Herring observed several individuals sitting around a fire near a restricted area. Parties have been a problem here and have interfered with Plover reproductively for several years. The wardens also observed two individuals tampering with enclosures erected by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIF&W). When the people observed the wardens, they quickly began to disperse into the darkness. The wardens apprehended and stopped the subjects. Warden Herring then observed an open backpack next to the camp fire.
The pack belonged to a Mark Brazil, age 18, of Studio City, California; Brazil summers here locally. The backpack contained several spring-loaded knives, newspapers, and a trail camera with MDIF&W markings on it. Brazil first stated he found the camera in the sand. Upon review of the camera’s photos by Warden Herring, Brazil was photographed removing the camera from its position of surveillance on Higgins Beach. Brazil was also in possession of a scanner turned on in his bag with Maine State Police and Scarborough Police frequencies. He was summonsed for receiving stolen property and an unpermitted fire on a State Wildlife Management Area.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has partnered with local officials, Scarborough Police Department, Maine Audubon, and the Higgins Beach association on this problem.
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