Deer Disposal in North Carolina
Imagine you’re driving down the road on your way home from work. Then, all of a sudden a deer jumps out in front of you into the road and before you can get stopped you run right into the deer and kill it. According to the Nagle & Associates P.A. blog, you’ve just become one of the 1.23 million people that are involved in a collision with a deer across the United States (N. &. Associates). Luckily you’re okay and there’s no severe damage done to you or your vehicle. The first thing you should do is thank God that you’re okay. After that you should call 911 to report the accident. When the state trooper gets there the officer should be able to evaluate how much damage has been done. You should also call your car insurance company to file a claim so that you can get your vehicle fixed. After all of this is done, most people would just thank the trooper for their time and leave and go home. However, these people are forgetting something very important. What do you do with the deer?
After hitting a deer, most people would just leave it on the side of the road where the accident happened and let it rot. These people are ill-informed on how to properly dispose of a deer carcass. They do not realize that by leaving the dead deer there, they could potentially be causing many other problems. The same people are also probably unaware of the deer problem that is in North Carolina. The deer population is increasing and the hunter population is decreasing. The shortage of hunters could be caused by a number of things. A bad economy leaves little room for costly hobbies such as hunting. Also, there is a decreasing need for game meat to feed families because the grocery store does all the work for you. Also, kids these days are not as interested in the outdoors anymore since the inventions of video games and other electronics. Since there aren’t as many hunters out there managing the deer population, it has increased. Given that the deer population has increased, there are a lot more wrecks involving deer each year. In fact, a Greensboro Personal Injury Blog states that “each of the past three years has seen as average of about 19,500 animal-related car accidents, of which 90 percent involve deer. Those numbers are more than double what was seen in the late 1990s. And according to a report from State Farm Insurance, North and South Carolina both rank among the highest-risk states in the nation when it comes to auto crashes involving deer” (R. S. Associates). These statistics are a scary thought to those that live and drive in the Carolinas. Also, many hunters are just as guilty as those that hit deer and leave them on the side of the road. After these hunters kill a deer, they will get whatever meat they want off the deer, maybe the antlers and sometimes even the head for a taxidermist to mount. Then when the hunter has everything they want off the deer, they’ll dump the remains of the carcass on the side of the road. Hunters who do this are probably also ill-informed on how to properly dispose of a deer carcass. These hunters may be helping the deer problem, but by not properly disposing of the deer carcass, they could be causing other problems. Because of all of this, I think that North Carolina should make it mandatory that county landfills provide an area where people can properly dispose of their deer carcasses. Like most landfills are, I think that this area should be far away from houses, businesses, roadways, etc. I also think that the landfills should let it be known that they offer this service. I think they should consider this because when I went on the Surry County Landfill website, they didn’t include any information on whether they could take deer carcasses or not. When I called the number provided on the website, I talked to a man named Dennis Bledsoe. He told me that they would take deer carcasses at their facility (Bledsoe). How would I have known if I hadn’t called? How would...
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