Fayetteville, N.C. — A Fayetteville man pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing Canada geese in June, authorities said.
Roy Bernard Goforth Jr. was fined $100 and ordered to pay $2,500 to replace 20 geese after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful taking Canada geese.
The geese were found dead on June 2 near a Cumberland County pond. An investigation by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission concluded that Goforth had poisoned the geese with a pesticide.
Wildlife officers cited Goforth Wednesday, and his attorney asked for an immediate court hearing, authorities said.
“He had a right to a speedy trial, and he got one,” Wildlife Commission Sgt. Kent Barefoot said in a statement.