Hunters Reminded to Properly Dispose of Game Waste

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With several big game rifle seasons 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 they 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 560 Down River Road in Lewiston. Operating hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Residents of Latah County can do the same, or use several waste sites that accept animal and game wastes. The Solid Waste Processing Center, know as the transfer station is located five miles east of Moscow on Highway 8. Summer hours (April through October) are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winter hours (November through March) are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The communities of Deary, Genesee, Juliaetta and Potlatch each have a waste site that is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on alternating Saturdays. The Deary and Genesee sites are open on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, with the Juliaetta site open on the 1st and 3rd Saturday. The Potlatch site's summer hours (April through October) is open the first four Saturdays only, and the winter hours (November through March) is open the 1st and 3rd Saturdays only. For questions, please call the Latah County Solid Waste Department at (208) 882-8580 ext. 3344.

The sites are located as follows: Deary - behind the elevators on Line street; Genesee - south of Chestnut street on Oak street near City shop and Union Warehouse; Juliaetta - turn south off Main onto Third Street, go to the railroad tracks and turn left; Potlatch - 1/2 mile east of the Potlatch "Y" on Highway 6.

According to Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), the 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," said Mark Hill, district conservation officer with IDFG. "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.