When you think of the term 'hoarding' what comes to mind? I immediately picture episodes of that television show Hoarders on A&E TV, Homes filled with random items collected over years and years. For whatever reason the homeowner doesn't want to throw anything away and it gets overwhelming.

There is also such a thing as wildlife hoarding where an individual might have hundreds of uncared for animals in their home or on their property. A case of wildlife hoarding was recently discovered here in New York with literally hundreds of birds found inside the home.

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According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Conservation officers got a call from the Suffolk County Police Department as well as the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals regarding a case of alleged wildlife hoarding.

Environmental Conservation Officers Dickson other DEC Wildlife staff members started an investigation into a home suspected of having several bird species. What they found was much more than that.

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Based on information found in a DEC press release, officers identified hundreds of birds on the property including a grackle, American robin, and mourning dove, cockatiels, love birds, finches, and parakeets. Birds weren't the only wildlife found on site. A tortoise and several cats were also discovered.

It is illegal in New York to possess native and local wildlife. To see a detailed list of which animals are legal or illegal or process in New York State click HERE from NYC Business.

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