Six Deer Carcasses Dumped on Homeowner’s Driveway

by Danielle Cotterman on December 2, 2011 at 6:34 am

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The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office and Game Warden are investigating a number of deer carcasses dumped onto a 140 acre property on Elmville Road in Brush Creek Township.

Property owner Delbert Ross woke-up Friday morning to find six deer carcasses illegally dumped on his driveway. Ross believes he knows who committed the crime and said it’s because he wouldn’t let them hunt on his property.

"We just can’t have people here hunting, it’s not because I don’t like the people, it’s because I can’t afford to have them here hunting," said Ross.

Neighbor Kathryn Whetzel has worked on Delbert’s farm for nearly 15 years. She said his main concern is not only for the cattle on his property – but the $40,000 stallion and standard breed race horses kept on the property as well.

"Some of these hunters that come out, just you know on hunting season, don’t realize a cow can look like a deer from a distance and such," expressed Whetzel.

The property owner is now offering a $500 reward for the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

According to Sergeant Matt McCauly of the Sheriff’s Office, who ever is responsible for dumping the caresses could face charges for illegally dumping and trespassing. Game Warden Michael Reed said the case is still under investigation as they assess who is responsible and if they had the proper hunting license and tags.