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PLEASANT GROVE -- A foul odor near Pleasant Grove townhomes revealed a dumpster of a dozen deer carcasses, officials said Monday.

The roadkill, located near 220 S. Pleasant Grove Boulevard, had been piling up for the past month. Even though the dumpster is located on city property it’s the responsibility of the Division of Wildlife Resources to remove it.

"We've had some concerns about getting into the dumpster to get dead deer,” said Covy Jones, DWR wildlife manager. “The technicians haven't wanted to do that because in the winter they're frozen and we can't remove the animals and in the summertime, it's a mess.  It's a biological hazard and it's a nightmare."

In the past local law enforcement has pulled the roadkill off the city streets and DWR is supposed to empty the dumpster twice a week.

As of a month ago Pleasant Grove Police no longer remove roadkill. Officers are leaving it to DWR.

DWR officials admitted Monday that new staff on board have gotten behind in the roadkill removal.

"We'll have a different system to make sure it's easier for our technician to recover the roadkill and easier for us to haul it off so we don't have to be diving into a dumpster to dig deer out and haul them away," Jones said.

The dead deer were removed Monday by a waste management company and taken to a county landfill.

5 comments

  • tlfslc

    I complained about that same problem clear back in 2008-2009 to the city when I lived there and their answer was to put up chains and no trespassing signs on the property. The city owns the property, so it’s not like you have a resource to complain to because they just ignore you. They dump deer carcasses there every winter.

  • Natalie Gibby

    It is Pleasant Grove’s problem. The city owns that land and knew very well dead deer were being dumped but refused to address the issue, despite numerous complaints from the community. These town homes and condos are full of young families. I consider dumping dead deer in the middle of a city a major health issue and should be further investigated. I would like to see the city put that land to better use such as a park like they promised these families years ago.

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