Golf Course Owner Cited for Illegally Killing Geese

Golf Course Owner Cited for Illegally Killing Geese

Canadian geese wander the practice range at TPC Sawgrass during the third round of the 2011 Players Championship.
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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Three men have been charged in connection with the killing of several geese at a Forsyth County golf course.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that 79-year-old golf course owner James Butler of Kernersville, 56-year-old Rick Butler of Winston-Salem, and 55-year-old Bennett Fendley of Walkertown were cited for taking migratory water fowl during the closed hunting season.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission enforcement officer Sgt. Carey Bostic says Rick Butler and Fendley also are accused of using shotguns to kill five geese without a permit at the Pine Knolls Golf Club in Kernersville.

Bostic says the trio told him the geese are a nuisance and damaging the course with their feces.

The men could not be reached for comment by the newspaper.

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