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NC deer carcass dump sites leave 'The smell of death everywhere'

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - It's deer season and some hunters seem to be leaving what's left from the hunt, next to the driving lane.

Carcass dumping sites are a horrible scene for drivers and frustrating for hunters, who are following the law.

Often spotted on rural roads, dumping sites are often filled with new and old animal carcasses, primarily deer.

"Your first thought is, ‘Oh my goodness! Maybe somebody was killed here?!" said Lieutenant Matt Long, of North Carolina Wildlife Enforcement. "The smell of death is everywhere, it's a terrible place."

These sites pop up across the state during this time of year. Wildlife says that the majority of hunters follow the rules, but it's the few that dump that leave a bad name and image for the sport.

Officials recommend burying bucks or other carcasses. In other cases, hunters can use nearby farms where containers for carcasses are sometimes available.

Dumping sites become a problem for the public when they end up in moving water.

"This is somebody's water supply downstream," warns Long. "With the water temperature, it actually preserves it and it will last longer. It's like having food in your refrigerator, it lasts a long time".

Wildlife officials often have to "stake out" a dumping spot to catch offenders. Penalties can be steep: $200 to $1,000 in fines for less than 15 pounds of waste, and up to $2000 for over 15 pounds. If a vehicle is used to dump, points may be added to the driver's license.

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