Saginaw Co. sheriff brings back road kill patrol program - WNEM TV 5

Saginaw Co. sheriff brings back road kill patrol program

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Saginaw County Undersheriff Robert Karl informed WNEM about the re-launch of the Dead Carcass Patrol, a program designed to tackle the road kill problem in Saginaw County.

Saginaw County Sheriff Bill Federspiel started the program back in 2010, using jail inmates to get rid of the dead animals.

A lack of funding brought Carcass Patrol to an end in 2012. For months it had been a dead issue. But now Karl says there's money in the budget to bring the program back to life. That means cleaner roads for everyone.

"We want to clean up Saginaw County. Not just with crime but we want to actually clean up Saginaw County. We pick up everything from little dead mice to deer to skunks. Whatever is out there we pick them up and we take care of them," Karl said.

People we talked to in St. Charles say they're glad to hear about the return of the animal removal program.

"I think it's a good idea. I don't like the smell and I'm sure that a lot of people who live in the area don't like that smell either and it's messy," Margie Ustisatn said.

"I'm an avid cyclist as well and occasionally going down some of those long stretches of road, if there is a road kill issue you have to deal with it for quite awhile," Corey Derop said.

"There's a lot of road kill deer and other animals around and it would be a good idea to get them picked up," Pat Rusz said.

Meanwhile, Karl doesn't have a specific start date for the patrol yet. But he says it will start within the next two weeks.

"We're coming back out again to clean up the streets," Karl said.

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