PASCAGOULA -- Jackson County is warning end-of-the-season hunters not to dump the carcasses of deer and hogs along rural county roads or in empty lots.
Supervisor John McKay showed fellow members of the Board of Supervisors on Monday a photo taken recently along River Road loop in Vancleave of a bloody deer carcass within 10 feet of a dead hog. Both hind quarters of the hog were gone, but the deer wasn't even field dress, McKay said. It appears it was simply killed and discarded.
Supervisor Barry Cumbest said he sees the same thing during hunting season, the remains of kills being left along Sammie Hearndon Road in the Hurley-Wade area of northeast Jackson County. It's a popular area for hunting, he said.
Deer season ends this month, but hunters are allowed to kill wild hogs during the hunting season of other game.
McKay said the county plans to contact state game officials about the problem and hopefully catch the culprits.
McKay said residents have complained. Carcasses attract buzzards and flies and some are concerned that children in the area will happen upon the large carcasses.
Hunters can't dispose of them at the county landfill, he said. "It's considered hazardous material."
Supervisor Melton Harris said the proper way to dispose of the remains after a kill is to bury it.
He said hunting clubs in the state are required to have a pit for that purpose.