Friday, December 31, 2010
Four Hunting Dogs Dead, 13 Hunters Quarantined and Released
The hunting party noticed some of the dogs rolling around in an unidentified substance, and according to one of the hunters, 4 of the dogs died on the spot as other dogs approached and began sniffing the substance. The hunters also investigated the substance and experienced various symptoms. The SCDNR went to the scene and identified the substance as Temik, a pesticide that is used by farmers to kill nematodes and other pests. Unfortunately it is also sometimes placed in hot dogs and other meat products and left in the woods to kill coyotes and other pests, but is indiscriminate with who or what animals it affects. According to one of the hunters, Joie McCutchen, the Temik was "in a pile in the woods by a tree, ground up into something. We don't know yet what it was."
The remaining dogs are undergoing treatment by a Bishopville veterinarian and seem to be recovering well. To leave a comment for this report on the SouthCarolinaSportsman.com website click here.
PhotoProvided: Joie McCutchen, shown here with an early season buck in velvet, was one of the Lee County hunters involved in the Temik incident.