Some fools around here have done the same for black bears. We, too, live in a tourist destination albeit in the mountains not the shore. And the bears are amazingly smart creatures as well. Last week the local TV news showed footage of a bear opening a car door and removing a backpack to haul back into the woods. Our neighborhood walking trail has been turned into a bear wallow by one of theses guys. Makes for interesting dog walks.It also doesn't help that for years tourist would hold a chip in an outstretched hand for the gulls to take. Having learnt how to take them when offered they now assume any chip is fair game. The same goes for all the other food they were offered like a bottom part of a cone with a bit of ice cream. Having taught them what to do it's not so easy to un-teach.