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3 charged in Triad golf course geese shootings

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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has charged three men in connection with killing Canada geese at a local golf course.

James Lee Butler, 79; Rick Thomas Butler, 56; and Bennett Wayne Fendley, 55; are each charged with misdemeanor taking migratory waterfowl during closed season.

The incident happened on Sunday at about 6 p.m. at the Pine Knolls Golf Club in Kernersville.

The NCWRC said James Butler is the owner of the golf course and that he did not shoot any of the geese but did sign off on the shootings and traveled to the kill site with the other two men.

Rick Butler, the son of the golf course owner, and Fendley were the shooters, the NCWRC said.

The men were cooperative with authorities and realized they made a mistake, the NCWRC said.

The three men are scheduled to appear in Forsyth District Court on Aug. 26.