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Hunters often leave offal behind in the woods | Letter to the Editor

I have my own story to add about hunting and Island Center Forest. Two days after the close of the season, my dogs and I took a walk. Part way down Grinder, adjacent to the trail were two piles of rotting deer entrails. My dogs were right with me so I did not have a problem with them getting into them. When I returned home, I called King County Parks to report the situation. A day later I was referred to an employee who told me he would bury or pick up the offal. A few days later, in another spot were more hunter discards. I called again. Same story.

Sometime later I was talking with a park employee who told me he dealt with the remains of three or four deer himself.  Apparently, when walking my dogs it is important for me to pick up after them (which I do), but it is not required for hunters to pick up after themselves since we pay county employees to do that. I am disgusted by this behavior and the cavalier attitude at least some hunters have about cleaning up after themselves.

I will not, however, bother making comments if there is a comment period next year since I was made aware last season that it did not matter what the comments were because hunting season would be held. It would seem some people believe that killing a half dozen or so deer in one forest is the answer to the deer situation here. Never mind that walkers, trail runners and horseback riders are displaced from the best place to do so on the island at the behest of a select few who want us to clean up after them.


— Michelle Harvey


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