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For Release: Wednesday, December 30, 2015

DEC Arrests Orleans County Man for Killing Seagulls

An Orleans County man is facing charges for deliberately running over and killing seagulls with his car in the parking lot of the Albion Walmart, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Director Paul D'Amato announced today.

"This type of illegal activity will not be tolerated," D'Amato said. "Protection of New York State's fish and wildlife resources is an important mission for DEC, and anyone who kills animals for fun and with disregard of the laws will face punishment."

A DEC Environmental Conservation Officer arrested 19-year-old Tyler Nicholas Strassner, of Kendall, on Friday, Dec. 18 after he allegedly aimed, drove and accelerated his vehicle into a flock of seagulls in the store's parking lot.

He was charged with illegally killing protected wildlife, illegally taking wildlife with a motor vehicle, and illegally taking wildlife during a closed season.

Strassner is scheduled to appear in the Town of Albion Court on Jan. 12, 2016 and faces a potential fine of up to $12,000 and/or 720 days in jail.

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