I have read the the Icelanders and Norwegians find these cute birds a delicacy. I guess if folks also hunt prairie chickens and quail, I guess these are fair game.
During my recent trip to Alaska, I had the chance to head out to Gull Island just off the Homer Spit. While the island is overrun with common murres and gulls, you get to see the occasional puffin in the chaos. While the gulls and murres build their nests on the edge of the cliffs in huge bird cities, the puffin prefer to find small burrows to lay their eggs so you can’t always see them. In this case, I had one that decided to pose before he waddled his way up to his burrow.
In this case, while bobbing around in a small boat in the sound, I hand-help the Nikkor 180-400mm f/4 with the Nikon Z 7 attached using the FTZ adapter. Because I was on a moving platform, I had the lens VR set to active while trying to maintain a decent ISO to shutter speed ratio of 1/250.