A passer-by discovered a disturbing sight along the banks of the Connecticut River this past Sunday. Two deer carcasses and a black bear carcass were found dumped along the river bank in Northampton.
That discovery has led to an investigation by environmental police.
When Western Mass News went to the site on Tuesday, the carcasses of the two deer and the black bear were still there. It appears someone threw them over a steep embankment.
Our media partners MassLive.com and The Republican reports that the man who made the discovery said that it appeared the deer's antlers were sawed off and the bear's abdomen had a slash mark, leading to speculation that the bear's gall bladder had been removed.
"There are situations where people have removed gall bladders from bear for commercial sale which is illegal," said Marion Larson of Mass. Wildlife.
The Humane Society of the United States said that a bear gallbladder can cost more than $3,000 in Asia, where some people use the organ for medicinal purposes.
There are apparently no state laws regarding the leaving animal carcasses behind, but the Department of Fish and Game condemns it.
Anyone who suspects a poaching crime is asked to contact Environmental Police.
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