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Deer-dumping a problem near Wake County park

Posted January 3, 2009 5:01 p.m. EST
Updated March 9, 2009 5:11 p.m. EDT

— A place near the back entrance to the Falls Lake State Recreation Area has become an illegal dumping ground for dead deer, nearby residents say.

For the past few months, residents have seen and smelled the deer along Old Creedmoor Road.

“I think the very idea of leaving a stack of dead animals is sort of shameful,” resident Johnathan Coble said.

On Saturday, several deer carcasses were visible in the area, where nearby residents often jog or walk their dogs.

(Note: Some images in the video below may be disturbing to some.)

Coble said he is fed up with the messy appearance and the almost overwhelming stench.

The park's supervisor told WRAL News that if someone is caught dumping deer in the park they will be charged with littering, which carries up to a $2,000 fine.

Some hunters said the incidents reflect badly on all hunters.

“I think it’s terrible,” hunter Bradley Guin said.

Guin said he has seen an increasing number of deer carcasses dumped in the area. In many cases, hunters took only the head and antlers of the deer, and not its meat.

“Most good sportsmen that I know say whatever you kill you take the meat off it,” Guin said.

State law requires hunters to take carcasses to local landfills. In some game areas, the carcasses can be buried but must at least two feet deep in the ground.