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Deer dumped

Josh Warner examines a buck that was dumped near a boat launch off West River Road in Moreau in recent days. It was one of at least eight carcasses left in the area. More deer parts have been dumped on the piece of state-owned land since the original discovery, according to a local sportsman.

MOREAU — Deer parts have continued to be dumped on a piece of state-owned land off West River Road in recent days, despite publicity that began last week about an investigation of the dumping.

Joshua Warner, the Argyle sportsman who reported finding the carcasses last week on a dead-end near the state boat launch off West River Road, said there was one additional deer carcass deposited on the property between Nov. 30, when The Post-Star first reported about it, and Wednesday.

Warner found parts of at least eight deer, including one intact, freshly killed young buck, at the site when he was scouting a potential fishing spot. And one more was added in recent days, even after he went public with his discovery on Facebook and to The Post-Star.

After last week’s publicity, Warner said he was also tipped off about deer carcasses dumped at the boat launch on the Hudson River off Nolan Road in Moreau, and he found remains of three deer there as well.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating and appears to have some newly developed evidence, thanks to Warner and others who were upset about the dumping.

Both the environmental conservation officers who are investigating and a friend of Warner placed trail cameras in the area and they captured vehicles that went down the dead-end portion of the access road, where the newly dumped deer remains have been found, Warner said. The road also provides access to the Fort Edward Pool boat launch on the Hudson River.

DEC spokesman David Winchell said the investigation was continuing as of Thursday.

The remains found near Nolan Road were in heavy plastic bags, as were some of the carcasses off West River Road. That has led some to conclude that a deer processor or butcher may have been responsible.

Those who take a deer are supposed to dispose of unwanted meat or parts by throwing it in the trash, as they would any other meat or refuse.

Warner has arranged for his business, Northeast Property Management of Argyle, and that of a friend, Goodspeed Services of Hartford, to clean up the mess next week.

“We’re going to load up a trailer and take it to the transfer station,” he said.

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on

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