Pile of deer carcasses catching attention of drivers
SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A massive pile of dead deer in a median on Interstate 64 in Shelby County is grabbing motorists' attention.
WDRB is told a maintenance crew has deposited them there and will soon bury them.
"I think a lot of people would be offended by it," Mark Hardin told WDRB.
Hardin owns Hardin Taxidermy in Shelby County.
He's around dead deer every day but when he learned of the grouping in the median on I-64, he was surprised.
"I'd think it'd be a bit of a distraction. Plus, I don't think the public would really like to see it. People that don't hunt, I'm sure they don't like to see it," he said.
There are about 20 deer in the pile located just east of Shelbyville.
It's visible from the road.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says its Shelby County maintenance crew recently deposited them there.
Since it's peak deer season, they've been picking up two to three deer carcasses a day.
Kentucky State Police says it's better for them to be on the side of the road than on the road.
"We have an excellent road department that tries to keep the deer off the roadway, the ones that have been hit," said Trooper Kendra Wilson with Kentucky State Police.
But others say a highway median isn't the place to leave road kill.
"If they are getting hit on the road, there should be a state dump, not where people can see it," added Matthew Trebeek.
"Yes, they should have a designated area out of public view," said Hardin.
"It's unusual for there to be so many in one spot. I'd think a dump or animal disposal like they do with dead cows would be more suitable," Trebeek told WDRB.
They worry the carcasses, if left there much longer, could cause other problems for that area.
"Predators, coyotes, vultures. It could distract people while they're driving. I think it'd be a good idea to move them somewhere else," said Trebeek.
"Anytime we have deer along the roadway and we have lots of dead deer on the roads, they're definitely a distraction. Motorists just need to be more aware of the live ones," said Trooper Wilson.
A crew will dig a hole and bury the deer in the median so they can decompose.
They will cover the dead deer with hydrated lime to aid in the decomposition process and lessen the odor.
Trooper Wilson says this is a good reminder to be on the lookout while driving.
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