FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – A skinned, pregnant doe was found at the bottom of a Franklin country club pool Tuesday morning.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency said it was called to investigate by Temple Hills Country Club employees around 9:20 a.m.
TWRA spokesman Barry Cross says some of the meat had been taken off the doe and the carcass was disposed of at the bottom of the pool.
They believe it the deer was dumped sometime overnight, but there is no surveillance video.
It’s unclear if the doe had been shot or run over. However, it’s the off-season for hunting, so the person or people responsible could be charged with illegal hunting.
If the suspects hit the pregnant doe accidentally, they would’ve had to call TWRA within 48 hours to report it. Since they didn’t, they could face charges.
Lastly, the people responsible could be charged with littering for disposing of the body in such a manner.
Temple Hills cancelled swim practice Tuesday afternoon and many parents were puzzled by the strange incident.
“It’s bizarre. It would take a pretty sick person to go to that length,” said club member Kristi Foster. “It’s not hunting season so it’s kind of strange they’d be out looking for deer.”
The doe was taken by a wildlife officer in Williamson County for a necropsy.
Temple Hills said it has drained and acid-washed the pool. It will be reopened before Memorial Day weekend.
The country club also issued the following statement:
“We are not commenting on this disturbing occurrence except to say that we immediately contacted the police and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and local authorities. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency removed the deer from the pool and we are cooperating with the investigation.”