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Man wanted for beating seagull with a shovel in Marco Island turns himself in

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Posted at 9:56 AM, May 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-05 10:00:05-04

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — A man wanted for beating a seagull with a shovel on the beach in Marco Island turned himself into authorities.

30-year-old Paul John Flaucher from Jesup, Iowa was charged with 1 count of aggravated animal cruelty.

Paul John Flaucher

Police started the investigation on November 5, 2021, in the South Beach area.

It was reported that a male suspect was hitting seagulls with a shovel. The suspect left the scene prior to police arrival. One of the seagulls struck by the shovel received a broken wing and was no longer able to fly. It was later euthanized at the Conservancy of Southwest due to the severity of its injuries.

The seagull is a protected species under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.