TWRA: Keep an eye out for illegal deer dumping

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – As the holidays begin, deer hunting season is in full swing.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) officials are urging Middle Tennesseans to keep their eyes open in search of criminals illegally dumping deer carcasses.

The time to travel is now in Sumner County, but on a stretch of Steam Plant Road, traveling motorists are concerned by a sight just west of the airport.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

“Honestly, I don’t think I’ve seen this many,” said Barry Cross with TWRA. “It’s one, two, three, four, five… I’m looking at six animals I think.”

It’s the time of year when deer dumping can unfortunately be common.

“People call in, people write in on social media,” noted Cross. “That makes hunters look bad, and it’s not all hunters that do it.”

The act is also illegal, packing hefty fines.

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(Photo: WKRN)

“There’s aggravated criminal littering, which is over 10 pounds,” said Cross. “In and of itself will carry a mandatory 2,500 dollar fine.”

The problem, though, is in enforcement. Cross says many of these dumping happen along rural county roads, most often in the dead of night.

Spotting this morbid littering falls in part on motorists, who could lend law enforcement a hand state-wide.

“They’re doing it under cover of darkness just because they know it’s wrong,” said Cross. “They can get a description for us, then we can take it from there, and we can find the people that are doing this.”

Aggravated criminal littering is a class A misdemeanor, but it can become a felony on a third conviction.