OSAGE COUNTY, Kansas (KSHB) – Kansas wildlife investigators have closed the case of several animals being found skinned last week in Osage County, saying it appears the be the product of legal hunting.
Jules Dingus-Davidson found the remains of four or five coyotes, a bobcat and several raccoons last week near several bridges around Quenemo.
A dead dog was also found nearby, but wildlife investigators believe its carcass is unrelated to the other animals . The American bulldog likely fell through the ice recently at a nearby creek and drowned, said Ron Kaufman, spokesman for the Kansas Department of Wildlife.
The American bulldog likely fell through the ice recently at a nearby creek and drowned, said Ron Kaufman, spokesman for the Kansas Department of Wildlife.
The other animals were found skinned. Kaufman said it is not unusual for hunters to discard animal remains out in the wild, and it does not appear any major laws were broken.
“I think the most we could get them on would be littering,” Kaufman said.
Investigators do not know who dumped the animal carcasses.
Coyotes can be hunted year-around. The other animals can be trapped through mid-February. Wildlife officials have no way to tell whether the animal dumping came after the close of trapping season, Kaufman said.
The site of the dumped animals startled Dingus-Davidson when she came across them.
“Who does that? Who just dumps skinned animals on the side of a bridge by water?” she said.
Dingus-Davidson said she called the state game warden, and investigators came out to the site Sunday.
Health agencies say improper disposal of dead animals can result in surface water or ground water contamination.
One recommendation is to bury animals under several feet of soil.