The District of Metchosin’s public works department confirmed a moose and three mule deer carcasses were found at the entrance of Blinkhorn Lake on Monday. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Animal carcasses dumped at Blinkhorn Lake

District of Metchosin asking person responsible to stop

On Monday, Larry Moss made a grisly discovery.

The long-time Metchosin resident was walking around Blinkhorn Lake, an activity he does several times a week as it’s only a short distance from his home, when he noticed a small piece of deer fur in the parking lot.

At first he thought a cougar had attacked an animal, and continued on his way. It was only when Moss finished his walk around 10 a.m. and was preparing to leave that he noticed something strange.

He saw an animal carcass from what appeared to be a deer in the bushes, and upon closer inspection he found three other carcasses just steps from the parking lot.

“They had been stripped of the meat and the skin had been left behind. Definitely an animal wouldn’t go after that many [deer] at one time,” Moss said. “I was just surprised.”

Moss, who has had dead animals on his property in the past, has never seen anything like it. He guessed it may have been people who shot the animals for meat and dumped the carcasses the evening before or earlier on that day, as there was no odour and no turkey vultures in the area yet.

“The fact that it’s right by the parking lot means it could attract bears and cougars and people walk their dogs around the lake all the time,” said Moss, who contacted the District of Metchosin about the discovery. “You’re not allowed to shoot that many deer at one time … It’s just surprising what people do.”

The district’s public works department confirmed a moose and three mule deer carcasses were found and have since been cleaned up.

But it is not the first time remains have been discovered in the area. Coun. Moralea Milne has found a few piles of salmon carcasses in recent years at the park entrance as well.

While it’s hard to determine if it’s the same person disposing of both the salmon and deer carcasses, Milne believes it is someone who hunts and fishes, and would like it to stop.

“Someone is using it as their dumping ground after they’ve been hunting or fishing,” she said, adding Metchosin bylaws allow bow hunting on one’s property and on others’ property with permission, but does not allow hunting with a gun unless with a permit to protect livestock.

“I hope this is a wake-up call for someone that this is an inappropriate thing to be doing and that if you’re hunting or fishing that you should be looking after the remains of these creatures.”

Anyone with information on who could be dumping remains is asked to call the municipal hall at 250-474-3167.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Greater Victoria police busy with St. Patrick’s’ Day calls

Victoria police respond to 82 calls for service

Royals gear up for WHL playoffs after suffering season-worst loss

Victoria has a solid 7-3 record this year against opening-round opponent Vancouver

Six stories a non-starter at Sidney’s Cedarwood Inn site

Site redevelopment plans go back to the drawing board

Victoria Women’s Expo showcases the latest trends

Over 100 vendors feature lots of beauty, health, food, jewelry products and more

Artists craft Souper Bowls in Cedar Hill studio

Souper Bowls of Hope supports urban youth

Celebrating our transit drivers on their day

March 18 is International Transit Driver Appreciation Day

B.C. cyclist races to first win of the season in New Zealand

Casey Brown captures Enduro title by more than two minutes at Crankworx Rotorua

Women’s Expo seeks to empower women this weekend

Victoria Women’s Expo set for Saturday and Sunday at Pearkes Recreation Centre

America’s Musical Journey premieres at the IMAX

Enter to win tickets to an invite only concert at your community newspaper’s Facebook page

Notorious Russian troll farm also took swipes at Canadian targets

Targets included oil infrastructure and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Cirque du Soleil aerialist dies after fall during Florida show

Longtime performer fell while performing in VOLTA

Canada earns second Paralympic Games silver in 20 years

Held 1-0 lead in para hockey game from 12:06 of first to dying seconds of third and lost in overtime

LETTERS: Two views of oil pipeline protests

U.S. and other petroleum-rich countries aren’t cutting production

Canadian Paralympic team picked up record 28 medals

The 55 athletes strong had set a cautious goal of 17 medals for PyeongChang

Most Read