Wanaka resident Johnny Mayen is disgusted by the ongoing dumping of deer carcasses, and now other types of animals, next to the Cardrona River behind his home. Photo by Lucy Ibbotson.
A series of deer carcass dumpings by suspected poachers near
the Cardrona River took a new twist yesterday when three
other species of dead animals were dumped at the same spot.
Over the past year, Riverbank Rd resident Johnny Mayen has
discovered about half a dozen headless red deer carcasses on
the riverbed behind his property.
The best meat was usually removed from the deer but plenty of
''second-grade meat'' was left behind.
''It stinks of poaching,'' Mr Mayen said.
''Any hunter in their right mind that goes to the trouble of
hunting down a deer doesn't just throw that sort of meat
away, not handy to town like that. And there's plenty of
people who could do with that meat.''
He came across two more carcasses at the weekend while out
walking and reported the finding to police.
However, when the Otago Daily Times visited the
dumping ground yesterday, a gutted wild pig, a large pile of
paradise duck feathers, heads and wings and a goat skin and
entrails had also appeared within a few metres of the deer
Mr Mayen said he last visited the site on Monday and the
other animal remains were not there then.
''There's just no excuse for it ... It's pretty woeful. It's
got to stop.''
Constable Martin Barham, who was informed by Mr Mayen of the
latest discovery, said finding those responsible would be
difficult as the dumping was probably done at night.
However, police planned to increase patrols in the area,
carry out ''stop checks'' on any vehicles along the riverbank
and potentially install a covert camera.
''If we can find these people we need to know where they're
getting the kills from, certainly the deer ... and then take
it from there,'' Const Barham said.
''We're going to throw the book at people if we find that
they've committed any offence.''
He agreed with Mr Mayen it was likely the work of poachers
and said the perpetrators were ''obviously looking at
trophies'' because the deer heads had been removed.
''I wouldn't have thought anybody that's been given
permission to hunt in that area would treat the animals the
way they are. Being wasteful with the meat for one and
obviously dumping carcasses ...
"It's not what's normally the behaviour of someone who knows
what they're doing in regards to hunting.''
He urged anyone with information to contact him at the Wanaka
Criffel Station owner Jerry Bell said he was unaware of any
deer being stolen from his property.