LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Louisiana Department Wildlife and Fisheries Officials are seeing an increasing number of deer carcasses being dumped in residential areas throughout southwest Louisiana.
On Friday afternoon, LDWF officials found the hide, hooves, and entrails of a dead deer floating in a coulee off of Mere Road in south Lake Charles.
LDWF Officials said they believe the deer entrails come from careless hunters who are trying to find a quick way to dispose of the rest of their game.
"Most every weekend we end up having these types of problems," said Remy Broussard with LDWF. "And with the city moving out and the population growing, it's becoming more of a problem."
Broussard said dumping animal carcasses is illegal and could cost the hunter up to $1,000 in fines and community service.
"There's so many other ways they can dispose of this without doing it like this," said Broussard.
Broussard said one way to properly dispose of the deer is to clean it before you even leave the hunting site.
"A lot of what they can do is just completely clean their deer in the field on their hunting lease in their hunting camp," said Broussard. "They should just leave these entrails and other parts and only bring back the quarters of the meat they're actually going to process for eating."
If hunters are unable to do the cleaning on site, Broussard said there is another way to dispose of the waste without dumping it in public.
"Simply package them up, freeze them until trash day, and put them out with the trash and they'll be picked up," said Broussard.
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