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Kettering police looking for volunteers to collect dead deer

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 1:00 AM


            The Kettering Police Department is asking for volunteers who would be interested in collecting the remains of deer hit and killed within the city. (Free-Photos/Pixabay)
            (Free-Photos/Pixabay)
The Kettering Police Department is asking for volunteers who would be interested in collecting the remains of deer hit and killed within the city. (Free-Photos/Pixabay)((Free-Photos/Pixabay))

The Kettering Police Department is asking for volunteers who would be interested in collecting the remains of deer hit and killed within the city.

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According to ODOT, in 2018 there were 18,302 deer collision crashes reported in Ohio, including 49 in Champaign County, 204 in Clark County, 202 in Darke County, 325 in Greene County, 259 in Miami County, 215 in Montgomery County and 124 in Preble County.

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Now, Kettering police, in a Facebook post, are putting together a “Deer Strike” call list designed to allow the volunteer residents on the list to claim the deer for consumption rather than being wasted.

Once the list is made, when a deer is struck and killed, dispatchers will call numbers on the list until they reach someone willing to claim it. The resident will then go meet the officer on the scene, receive a free Ohio Division of Natural Resources Deer Tag.

From there, the resident is responsible for processing the deer themselves or taking it elsewhere to be processed.

Police added that there are a few warnings with being on the list. First, if temperatures are warm there won’t be very much time to salvage the meat. Also, many deer strikes happen late at night or early in the morning, so people on the list may receive calls at odd times.

If you are interested in being added to the list, Kettering Police ask that you email your name and contact number to Devin.Maloney@ketteringoh.org or call the police department at (937)-296-2555 and request to be transferred to Officer Maloney’s voicemail.