In the wake of the discovery of raccoon carcasses found in the Des Moines River, our sister station KTVO spoke to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources about laws and regulations concerning the subject.
The dumping of animal carcasses is regulated like any other solid waste material. It's considered improper disposal or littering. The crime is only a simple misdemeanor.
Dumping of this nature is not always the byproduct of poaching.
The DNR does not often see these violations, but when they do it tarnishes the image of outdoor sporting.
"It just leaves a bad image for our sport," Iowa DNR Communications Bureau Chief Kevin Baskins told KTVO. "When that kind of stuff happens people see that, you know, it's not something you want to see. It's not something you want to smell. And so I think outdoors people need to be more conscious of the image that they portray when they do things like this."
If you have information regarding recent dumping incidents, contact the DNR's turn in poachers tip line at 1-800-532-2020.