County tells taxidermy shop to clean up its operation

December 03, 1993

County police found discarded deer heads and hoofs in plastic trash cans, hides and blood on the ground behind a Glen Burnie taxidermy shop Tuesday, but health officials said yesterday they would issue no citations.

Instead, the county Health Department issued a series of recommendations to Hunters Haven Taxidermy Shop, located in a strip mall in the 200 block of Thelma Ave., to clean up its operation.

"The deer operation is legitimate," said Evelyn Stein, a spokeswoman for the Health Department. "The owner was told to remove the hides and carcasses and clean the area so it doesn't create trash problems and attract other animals to the area."

A county police officer on routine patrol said he found large, uncovered stacks of fresh deer hides behind the shop about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

In a report, the officer said he also found several large plastic trash cans containing raw deer remains including heads and hoofs, along with chlorine bleach.

A county health inspector was called to investigate.

Ms. Stein said workers are permitted to dress the deers, brought in by hunters, behind the store, but that they must clean up the site at the end of every business day. Carcasses that are not disposed of must be taken inside for the night.

"The owner was given a series of recommendations to follow," Ms. Stein said. "Of course we will be monitoring the area."

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