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Posted January 16. 2018 1:13PM

Taxpayers now paying Rye police to watch people watching owls, laments chief

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Winter birders, especially along the coast, will be on the lookout for snowy owls, one of the so-called irruptive species that live in far northern climes and migrate south to New England latitudes for the winter. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

Walsh said state law prohibits people from disturbing wild animals, so the town's animal officer is now working with New Hampshire Fish and Game to discuss possible solutions. One solution, said Rye's police chief, is for his department to start ticketing people who bother the owl. “So taxpayers will be paying for us to watch people,” he said.