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Officials suspect poachers may be abandoning dead deer at Iroquois Park

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Runners in Iroquois park say they're used to seeing deer along the paths, but they've recently been seeing dead deer. Runners in Iroquois park say they're used to seeing deer along the paths, but they've recently been seeing dead deer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- One might expect to see deer while running or walking at Iroquois Park, but not dead ones.

But pictures sent to WDRB News show dead deer in the park -- one found at the South Overlook, the other at Krupps Point.

Louisville Metro Park Officials say the dead animals appear to be the result of illegal hunting.

“We found the dead deer in the area which they described. The deer was bound, it looked like its legs were tied together with some sort of tape or something to that effect,” Louisville Metro Parks Security Supervisor Michael Veto said.

Wilbert Ealom walks in the park three to five times a week. He said he's never seen anything suspicious at the park, but understands how it could happen.

“They're pretty much not afraid of us. And it would be easy for someone I'd imagine to just stop and shoot them if they wanted to do that,” said Ealom.

After looking into the issue, park officials don't believe any type of poaching occurred at Iroquois Park. Instead they say it may have happened somewhere else, based on how the deer was bound with a carrying stick.

“You have to have a deer tag and a deer license in order to get most places to process a deer and if somebody shot it elsewhere for some reason and couldn't get it processed, may have just dumped it there in the park to get rid of it,” said Veto.

Season Harrig, a frequent runner in the park, said the deer are a common sight.

“We usually see a couple. They just kinda run through. A lot of babies, so it's pretty,” said Harrig.

She hopes no more dead deer show up.

“I would hate to see something like that. We enjoy our runs here. I think that would kinda upset us a little if we saw something like that,” said Harrig.

Metro Park Officials say the people responsible for these incidents are often hard to catch. They ask people to call police if they see anything suspicious.

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