MELBETA, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is investigating the disposal of dozens of carcasses of game birds in western Nebraska.

The commission says the carcasses of 33 ducks and 52 Canada geese were tossed into a waterway southwest of Melbeta late last week.

None of the meat had been removed. The commission says anyone who abandons an edible portion of game or doesn’t dispose of game carcasses in a sanitary manner commits wanton waste. That’s a misdemeanor violation of Nebraska law punishable by up to three months in in jail, a $500 fine or both.

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