KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Investigators have identified a man caught on camera dumping a deer carcass on the side of a Kansas City street. Different agencies plan to issue him several citations, each with a maximum fine of $1,000.
Cameras along 22nd Terrace near Vine Street captured the man dragging a dead deer out of a pickup truck Monday. The city installed the cameras at that location because of previous problems with people dumping trash there.
Within four hours of the surveillance picture going public, the city said it identified the man. He admitted to dumping the deer, according to the city’s illegal dumping investigator.
On Wednesday, a conservation agent from the Missouri Department of Conservation hauled the deer away. He said it is illegal for a hunter to waste a deer they’ve killed.
“It's a giant waste of Missouri's resources,” explained Conservation Agent Travis Goreham. “We want people to go out there and harvest deer, but obviously we want them to use it to every extent they can. It's very wasteful when they dump it on the side of the road. Not to mention how unsightly it is for the people who live in the neighborhood, with the smells and everything else people have to deal with when it starts to decompose.”
Goreham said it’s too early in his investigation to determine exactly why the man dumped the deer.
He said there are several ways for a hunter to donate their deer instead of abandoning it.
“We have Share the Harvest processors throughout the state where they can donate that deer and it goes to local food banks and the needy,” he said.