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Paintball Attack?

BAR HARBOR, Maine -- A hotel guest in Bar Harbor, Maine, thought his car was the target of a paintball vandal, but police say it was actually the target of birds that fouled the car with their droppings.

Police were called to the Bar Harbor Regency -- the same hotel where President Barack Obama stayed last summer - on July 6 by an employee who said a guest had reported the car was an apparent victim of vandalism, with large splotches that appeared to come from paintballs fired from a paintball gun.

Bar Harbor police dispatcher Sharon Worcester said when an officer responded, he discovered the splotches were actually a "large amount of bird poo."

During the summer, Maine's large gull population has been known to soil buildings and vehicles with their smelly droppings.

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