Cumberland Times-News

Outdoors

June 15, 2013

Facebook photos incriminating

LAKE CITY, Fla. — The SunSentinel reports that an anonymous complaint about Facebook photos showing harvested wild turkeys ended with charges being filed against four men, Travis Clayton McFatter, 27, Blake Dalton King, 20,  Zachary David Espenship, 20, all of Lake City, and Dustin Wayne Parrish, 26, of Lulu, for hunting violations, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The photographs showed McFatter and King posing with several freshly harvested turkeys — plus McFatter also posing with a dead gator, the FWC said.

McFatter claimed the gator was roadkill that he had picked up near his home, said FWC Investigator Todd Hoyle.

“He took the gator home, snapped a few photos and ate the meat.”

King gave permission to search his truck where investigators found fresh blood in the bed and on the tailgate, Hoyle said.

The blood turned out to be from a deer Espenship had shot as it stood blinded by the headlights of the truck.

FWC officials issued 13 misdemeanors and two infractions.

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