Several raccoon carcasses found along Des Moines River in Ottumwa
KTVO responded to a tip Sunday from a viewer about several dog carcassses floating along the Des Moines River in Ottumwa.
We contacted the Ottumwa Police Department about the subject, and they then investigated the matter concluding the carcasses were not dogs but raccoons.
The Iowa DNR has also been looking into the incident.
This dumping of animal carcasses is, of course, an illegal activity. It could also be the act of poachers since raccoon hunting season ended on January 31st.
KTVO will keep you updated on the story as it progresses.
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UPDATE: We spoke to Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew about Sunday's discovery of the carcasses.
McAndrew said the police department was notified about the situation Sunday.
And they then sent an officer to investigate and confirm it.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources was then contacted and said they were already aware of the situation.
McAndrew said his department doesn't see calls regarding the dumping of animal carcasses often.
"Just speculating, I would guess it's probably a trapper who skinned the carcasses, and just wanted to dispose of the carcasses, and chose the river as a way of disposing of the carcasses," said McAndrew.
The Ottumwa Police Department is not investigating the case, and it is now in the hands of the DNR.
If anyone has any information, contact the DNR.