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Deer Carcasses Upset Clinton Residents

Posted January 17, 2008

— Deer season might be over, but it has left a bad smell for a Clinton family.

They found 22 carcasses illegally dumped on the side of the road. It is a nasty problem wildlife officers face every year.

Retha Rayner was walking outside, when she said the stench almost knocked her down. She could see the remains of several deer, someone had dumped in a ditch near the Cohere River.

"They got the rack and what meat they wanted and just dumped the rest," Rayner said.

It is a problem wildlife resource officers battle every year

"When I was up there in Raleigh, I'd have 15 or 20 tossed out on a road," wildlife resource officer Ruth Ann Cantrell said.

Cantrell said hunters are supposed to bury their deer. Most hunting clubs even provide a lime-filled pit for members' convenience. Yet every season, deer are still found illegally dumped.

The risk of water pollution is an extra danger of deer being thrown out.

"Who wants to drink water that's had a dead animal floating in it?" Cantrell said.

Dumping deer is a misdemeanor in North Carolina.  If caught, violators are charged with littering and face a minimum $250 fine, plus court costs.


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  • FragmentFour Jan 18, 2008

    I'm in agreement with everyone else so far - this problem is the result of sorriness like the first poster said.

    If you don't belong to a club (like the ones the story says offer lime pits), what ARE you supposed to do with parts of the carcass that you can't use? Can you bag it and put it in the normal trash pick-up or .... what?

  • HappyGirl08 Jan 18, 2008


  • Life-goes-on. Jan 18, 2008

    I beg your pardon but throwing these carcasses in "the woods" still means dumping them on property that is owned by someone.
    How about recycling them into pet food? We recycle Christmas trees, why not deer carcasses?

  • eric52272 Jan 18, 2008

    quit killing them and then it will not be a problem

  • workerbee Jan 18, 2008

    I was very suprised to see this same problem here in Apex. I was riding on Tingen road and saw 2 carcasses withing 200 yds of each other right next to the road. They had clearly been butchered as the back meat, shoulders, and hind quarters had been removed. I can't imagine why someone couldn't throw these in the woods.

  • Kidw4legs stops in Jan 18, 2008

    There is no excuse, other than "sorriness", for dumping deer carcasses. It's another form of litter, and I abhor litter and the "bugs" that do it.

    Even the skanks that will kill for a rack should have the decency to place the carcass in the woods where other animals can survive off of the remains, and let nature take care of the rest.

    Did this hit a nerve with me? You bet!