Man posing with wild turkeys in Facebook photos investigated

4 men face charges for killing animals

Published On: Jun 07 2013 10:54:03 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 07 2013 02:32:31 PM EDT
Turkey Facebook photos
LAKE CITY, Fla. -

Four men are facing charges after Florida wildlife officials spotted a Facebook posting that shows pictures of them posing with wild turkeys and a dead alligator.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said Thursday that Travis McFatter admitted killing five turkeys, including two birds in one day. The legal daily limit is one, and the season limit is two.

McFatter also said he picked up the road-kill alligator near his house, took it home, snapped a few photos and ate the meat.

Two of his buddies, Blake King and Dustin Parrish, face similar charges after authorities say they also admitted to killing more turkeys than allowed.

The fourth man, Zachary Espenship, was charged with allegedly killing a deer as it stood blinded by his truck headlights, in addition to killing more turkeys than allowed.

FWC officials were led to the photos by an anonymous complaint.

The two-day investigation led to 13 misdemeanors and two infractions.