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Man rounded up after spraying bird nest with Round-Up

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Posted at 2:22 PM, Jul 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 14:01:53-04

An employee of Windsong Medical Park is facing charges after spraying a bird's with Round-Up.

A witness spotted the maintenance worker spraying and destroying a Canada goose’s nest.

A DEC officer conducted interviews, obtained a written statement from the witness, and examined the remnants of the nest.

DEC pesticides staff responded to assist the investigation, collecting samples from the remains of the nest and from the pump sprayer that the suspect had used. Lab results confirmed all samples for glysophate, the active ingredient in the widely available herbicide Round-Up.

The man was charged with unlawful attempt to take wildlife by the use of a pesticide and failure to use a pesticide in accordance with labeling instructions.

His employer was charged with allowing commercial application of a pesticide without certification.