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Letters: Dredge Spoil Poses Danger to Wildlife
Dredge spoil captures deer
April 25, 2018

W
hen creeks are dredged, the resulting sludge or spoil has to go somewhere. Often, it ends up inland on privately owned property. Ronda Tittle writes in with concerns – and pictures – of what can happen.

Hi,

Last week I found a deer stuck in the sludge that was pumped from Pierce Creek. I have attached a photo. We contacted Wildlife and they were able to get her out. They said she was probably stuck for at least 2 days and would have not survived another one. I have a video but the quality is poor.

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A deer caught in dredge sludge. Wildlife officers free the trapped animal.

This is a death trap.

Thank you,

Ronda Tittle
Oriental, NC
April 24, 2018

Ronda Tittle indicates that the dredging spoils are located off White Farm Rd. Here is a map for clarification.

Dredge Sludge Letter 2018
The deer was found in dredging spoils off White Farm Rd. Click for a closer satellite view of the site.

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