CALVERTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Four Long Island men are accused of capturing two young deer and posting pictures of the animals on Instagram.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation says investigators learned of the images late last month.
The DEC says at least one of the fawns was chased with a vehicle and captured alongside a fence. Photos show one of the suspects holding a “stressed” yearling.
“They claimed that one deer had been caught in a fence. When they saw another young deer, they captured the other young deer,” Capt. Timothy Huss told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.
It is illegal to capture wildlife in New York State unless it is hunting season and without a license.
DEC Regional Director Peter A. Scully says such actions can hurt the wild animal, and the people.
The DEC says it received two images from an anonymous tipster.
Investigators later tracked the men – who are between 18 and 20 years old – to a business in Calverton.
They were ticketed for environmental violations. They’re due in Riverhead town court on Nov. 27.
If convicted, they could face fines of up to $1,700.
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