National Park Service officials say two people have been cited for entering an off-limits area of a North Carolina Outer Banks beach that was closed to protect endangered birds and turtles.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported that the pair was spotted Thursday by a ranger inside a pre-nesting area on the east side of the Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet.
Paul Stevens with the Park Service said the juvenile and 18-year-old males were from Minnesota and said they were trying to chase fish back toward their boat. He didn't release their names.
Each of them faces a fine of $150.
The pre-nesting area is one where birds are expected to establish nests. The areas were put into place March 14.