SCARBOROUGH, Maine — A California man is facing charges after he and several others reportedly were found camping inside a protected nesting area on Thursday.
Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service said wardens were patrolling Higgins Beach when they encountered 11 people camping inside a protected piping plover nesting area.
Game Wardens Jason Scott and Peter Herring saw the campers sitting around a fire in a restricted area, which MacDonald said has been a problem in recent years.
A pair of individuals also reportedly were tampering with enclosures the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife had erected, and when the campers saw the wardens, they took off, according to MacDonald.
Scott and Herring quickly stopped them and brought them back to the campsite, where Herring saw an open backpack next to a campfire.
The pack belonged to Mark Brazil, 18, of Studio City, Calif., who MacDonald said spends summers in Maine.
Brazil’s pack contained several spring-loaded knives, newspapers and a trail camera with DIF&W markings on it, according to MacDonald.
Brazil also was found to be in possession of a scanner with Maine State Police and Scarborough police frequencies. He was charged with receiving stolen property and an unpermitted fire in a state wildlife management area.
Other members of the camp weren’t charged.