With big game season nearly underway, hunters that butcher their own game are encouraged to dispose of their wastes properly.
Authorities at the Nez Perce County Solid Waste Station in Lewiston, remind hunters that proper disposal is very simple. Hunters can place their game waste in a good heavy bag, seal it, and place in their garbage can. The weekly garbage service will then dispose of the waste free of charge. Hunters can also haul their bagged game waste to the transfer station located at 275 O'Conner Road in Lewiston. Operating hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
According to Mark Hill, District Conservation Officer at Idaho Fish and Game, illegal dumping of animal remains is a common occurrence around the outskirts of Lewiston, especially during the hunting season. "Some of the dumped animals are often taken unlawfully and very often wasted," he warned. "The public can help solve the problem by reporting any suspicious activity, especially vehicle license numbers, to law enforcement authorities."
According to Idaho law, parts of any game animal, bird, or fish including bones, skin and entrails are considered litter when improperly disposed of. Placing these substances along public roadways and private property is a misdemeanor. Violations are punishable by imprisonment not exceeding six months, or by a fine not exceeding three hundred dollars, or both.