- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state Department of Environmental Conservation has ticketed two men for illegally dumping about 200 dead geese, ducks, pheasants and partridges beside a dirt road on private property in the Rensselaer County town of Nassau.

The charge is a violation punishable by a fine of $1,500 to $15,000 and/or up to 15 days in jail.

DEC Regional Director Gene Kelly says the men are members of the Tri Village Bowhunters club in Nassau, which got the birds from a local fire department that holds a large annual game dinner. The birds were left over from that dinner and donated to the hunting club for to be eaten.

The birds were domestic game birds from a licensed shooting preserve in Dutchess County. DEC investigated after a passer-by complained about the bird pile.

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