- Associated Press - Sunday, January 4, 2015

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - Pike County supervisors say they’re appalled that people are dumping deer carcasses off bridges and along roadsides.

It’s hard to catch people dumping them, Sheriff Mark Shepherd told the board last week.

“Most of our hunters are respectable folks, but we have some that are true idiots,” he said.

The supervisors reviewed photos showing showed blood-stained cement, plus plastic bags and deer carcasses hanging off railings and wedged among bridge supports of the Tangipahoa River bridge in Chatawa. The photographs were taken by an Enterprise-Journal reader, the newspaper (https://bit.ly/1Abwtr3 ) reported.

The $1.2 million bridge was completed last year and designed with a weathered, historic look to go with the scenic Chatawa surroundings.

“It’s just appalling to see what’s portrayed in these pictures,” said Supervisor Gary Honea.

Board President Chuck Lambert said, “That’s a brand new bridge, basically. It cost a lot of money and they’re just defacing it, like painting on it.”

People think it’s all right to dump carcasses in creeks, but they’re the worst place for such dumping, said solid waste enforcement officer Richard Coghlan.

He said hunters should dispose of remains on their own property well away from a road.

“If they’ve got somewhere to hunt, they’ve got somewhere to dump the carcass,”?Coghlan said.

Honea suggested supervisors create a carcass dump. The board did not pursue the idea Wednesday.

A local organization called Hunters for the Hungry will take deer and wild hog meat for the McComb Interdenominational Care Association. Hunters can drop off their meat at Brister’s Deer Processing and Taxidermy in McComb.

People caught dumping carcasses can face a range of charges and penalties. Charges against a pair of Louisiana men arrested in Amite County a year ago included pollution of water, littering, trespassing and hunting from a public road for having a loaded rifle in their truck. They served jail time, performed community service, forfeited their guns, lost their driver’s licenses and were fined up to $4,500.

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Information from: Enterprise-Journal, https://www.enterprise-journal.com

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