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Five dead deer found by road in New Port Richey

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PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

It wouldn't be unusual to spot dead wildlife near the woods along Baker road in New Port Richey. But no one was expecting to see five dead deer carcasses. "Shocked when I drove by and saw what I thought were carcasses and wasn't sure what it was," said Katharine Gallop, neighbor.

A closer look revealed the deer had been partially skinned, butchered, and dumped sometime Sunday morning.  Even longtime hunter Lou Anning was disturbed by the discovery, "This is absolutely ridiculous, being a hunter myself, I hunt by good hunting ethics. Something should be done about this."

Neighbors called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, and officers were at the scene Monday. They confirmed all the deer had been shot and part of the meat had been removed.  "Normally you don't have that many at one time, most hunters don't get that many, even if it's a large party of hunters, don't get that many opportunities to harvest that many deer at a single opportunity," said Officer Baryl Martin, FWCC.

Officers also have to determine whether anything illegal occurred. Deer hunting season, by gun, is closed.  But the person could have a special permit to kill nuisance deer. As far as disposing of the carcasses on private property, that's not illegal unless the property owner files a complaint.

Officers are asking anyone with information, to call the Alert line at 1-888-404-FWCC.

 

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