Officials investigating ducks being run over on Sacandaga Lake

There was plenty of outrage Wednesday from tourists like Mary Manuel who visit the Great Sacandaga Lake every year.

It comes after law enforcement officials say someone spotted two young men run over ducks with their jet skis between 10:30 and 11:30 Sunday morning near the Batchellerville bridge. The Fulton County Sheriff's Department first learned about the incident on social media.

"We were mentioned in a couple of Facebook posts. One specifically said 'why don't you do something;' another asked if we were investigating it," said Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino.  

Fulton County officials then contacted Saratoga County law enforcement, as the bridge is actually in its jurisdiction.

"It was then turned over to Encon, who is investigating the case, and we are forwarding any tips we receive to them," said Giardino.

The alleged mistreatment of ducklings isn't the only concern. Giardino says this season, they've received other complaints of people not respecting the law on the lake, including people leaving trash on Sand Island.

"It's now getting to the point where it could be creating a public health hazard, and if it becomes a public health hazard, the state could close the island," said Giardino.  

While law enforcement officials hope people abide by the law as they search for the two young men -- last seen on orange and yellow Sea-Doos -- officials and tourists hope they are caught.

"I would hope they get fined and have to do some type of community service, like pick up trash, and did something for the Environmental Conservation League over a period of time," said tourist Garry Manuel.  

Anyone with any information is asked to call officer Brian Toth from the DEC at 518-222-1815.

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