Knox County woman can't get rid of dead deer on property

By: Lorena Estrada Email
By: Lorena Estrada Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Tara Cockrum was greeted by a dead and decaying deer she got to work Tuesday at Center Stage Dance Studio on Asheville Highway.

"When I pulled in, I noticed there was a deer that had been hit by a car and it was laying in the ditch," she said. She made a couple of calls and didn't think anything of it, but when she got to work the next day, she noticed something strange.

"Wednesday morning the deer had been moved by wildlife or I don't know what," she said.

The deer was moved onto the parking lot, and by Thursday, it was right next to her dance studio.

"The smell is just horrific," Cockrum said. "I had to cancel class last night and tonight because I felt it's unsanitary."

Cockrum spoke with the Knox County Sheriff's Office and TDOT. Both said it wasn't their responsibility.

TDOT told Volunteer TV that if the dead deer was in the ditch when they spoke to her, TDOT would have picked it up. But it's now on her private property.

As for Animal Services, they no longer get rid of wild life saying it's up to the individual to call a private company. Something Cockrum said she's willing to consider if she has no other choice.


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