Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

What's the story with dead deer removal on county roadsides?

You asked, we found the answer

Aug. 5, 2013
 
A dead deer is seen on the Highway 151 shoulder in Taycheedah.
A dead deer is seen on the Highway 151 shoulder in Taycheedah. / Patrick Flood/Action Reporter Media

More

Editors note:
Today in “What’s the Story?” we answer a question from a reader who wants to know about the practices and policies concerning dead deer along roadsides, since some deer may lay for multiple days.

“I’ve noticed quite a few more calls coming in and quite a few more reports of deer on the sides of roads in June and July,” said Capt. Rick Olig of the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office. “When we get a call in, we notify the person contracted by the Department of Natural Resources.

There is one contractor for each county, said Karl Brooks, assistant chief warden at the DNR. Every year, counties acquire a contractor by a low bid. Many contractors cover two to three counties so they can make efficient pick-up trips.

The system is not always perfect, though. Sometimes contractors have nowhere to take the deer because certain landfills will no longer accept the carcasses. When that happens, it can take several weeks to find another contractor who can take the deer, he said. In the meantime, the deer stays along the roadside.

Reporting can sometimes be a problem. Those who spot the deer may accidentally report the wrong location, so the contractor will spend time looking in the wrong place, Brooks said.

If it’s been several days and a deer still hasn’t been removed, it’s a good idea to call the Sheriff’s Office again, Brooks said.

“If a deer is lying directly on the road or is in an area that poses a safety issue, residents can feel free to call and let us know that they’d like to move the deer, and chances are we’ll agree to it,” Brooks said.

When questioned about spray painted X’s that readers reported seeing on deer, Olig explained that some counties spray paint an X on the deer to signify that someone has already reported it, and it’s on the contractor’s list to pick up. However, Fond du Lac County does not use this practice.

Do you have a question you’d like answered in”What’s the Story?” Email us at whatsthestory@fdlreporter.com or call us at (920) 907-7880.
Taylor Ellingson can be reached at tellingso2@fonddulac. gannett.com or 907-7908.

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
575 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
856 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1017 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1271 votes

Catch up on the latest in our pregame show every game day.

Football fans

If you've ever answered "Who has the ball?" with "It's halftime," you might recognize The Airhead. Check out the characters in our cartoon gallery of oddball fans.

Special Reports

ORDER YOURS

Football fans

If you've ever answered "Who has the ball?" with "It's halftime," you might recognize The Airhead. Check out the characters in our cartoon gallery of oddball fans.

Special Reports