A total of five deer carcasses and one turkey carcass was located at the scene. Agent Brown says that four of the four deer that were dumped did not have the edible portions of meat removed from the carcass.
Camden County Conservation agents are seeking the public’s help in solving a crime involving several deer that may have been poached.
Missouri Department of Conservation Agent Tyler Brown received information on November 16, 2017 regarding several deer carcasses that were dumped in the ditch on Possum Hollow Road, approximately three-quarters of a mile from North Business Route 5. A total of five deer carcasses and one turkey carcass was located at the scene.
Agent Brown says that four of the four deer that were dumped did not have the edible portions of meat removed from the carcass.
The Wildlife Code of Missouri states that “no person who takes or possesses any wildlife shall wantonly leave or abandon any portion of such wildlife commonly used as human food.”
In this case, mostly the back straps, rear quarters and antlers were taken from the deer. According to Brown, there was at least 100 pounds of venison that was wasted that could have been donated to local food banks.
Suspects face charges of wantonly wasting wildlife, littering with carcasses and a number of potential other charges.
Anyone with information regarding the person that may have dumped the carcasses is asked to contact the Operation Game Thief Hotline, at 1-800-392-1111. Any information received on the OGT Hotline will remain anonymous and any information that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward. Please contact the OGT Hotline or Agent Brown at 573-836-3257, with any information regarding this case.