Dead deer dumping a big problem in Holmes Creek

By: Kristina Hamilton, WJHG-TV
By: Kristina Hamilton, WJHG-TV

People who live near Holmes Creek say it's one of the most beautiful pieces of land in the Panhandle, however someone has been spoiling the land and breaking the law in the process.

Someone has been dumping dead deer carcasses along the banks and into Holmes Creek. There appears to be about 7 deer and a doe.

"I don't have anything against hunting but there is a doe in the water the size of a medium sized house dog," says Douglas Snokes.

Holmes Creek is one of Snoke's favorite fishing spots and you can find him and his son just about every other weekend.

To Snoke and his son Xavier, the creek serves as a sanctuary but it's hardly that when there is dead carcass on the ground.

"I want him to know about nature and animals so it's kind of hard for him to see the death of it," says Snokes.

Because the creek separates Holmes and Washington counties, Snoke called officials in both to report the dumping as well as called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

They all say the dumping is illegal.

However, wildlife conservation officers say they have to catch the person in the act of dumping the dead animals before they can take any action and Snoke says he can't find any agency responsible for cleaning up the mess.

Since some of the bodies are in the water Washington County Parks and Recreation Department officials say they canot legally ask their jail inmates to remove the bodies

"I was told that if I remove the bodies myself and pull them to the side of the road they would get rid of them," says Snokes.

As for the carcasses on the Holmes County side, Snokes says he reported it, but never heard from anyone.

Snokes says he is tired of the run around and just wants these bodies out of his family's fishing spot.

"They're sitting in this cold water stagnate and deteriorating and causing disease."

If you suspect someone is illegally dumping wildlife you can contact the FWC Wildlife Alert Hot line at 888-404-3922.

FWC officials say the proper way to dispose of a deer body is to double bag it and take to a land fill or to bury it your private property.

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