On December 23, visitors to the Oyster Bay regional shoreline were dismayed to discover roughly 60 dead or maimed birds washing in the tide. State Fish and Game officials began an investigation and quickly discovered the culprit: employees at the Oakland airport. The birds were attracted to the water, but posed a potential threat to airplanes coming and going from the field. Airport officials tried to scare them off with blasts of noise, but the birds stayed put. So they went with Plan B: shoot them. Today, state officials ruled that airport officials did not break any laws when the brought out the guns.