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BUTTE - Bags of beheaded badgers were found in a trash bin near a Butte business Tuesday afternoon.

Ed Randall, county animal services director, confirmed Wednesday that the skinned carcasses of three animals were found in plastic bags inside the bin behind Lisac’s Tri-Stop convenience store and gas station, 2544 Harrison Ave., about 3 p.m. The animals’ heads and feet had been severed.

Randall suspects someone had trapped the animals and then skinned them for their pelts, before discarding them. A store manager contacted authorities Tuesday afternoon after someone noticed the foul order coming from the trash bin.

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Randall said there were rumors that the headless animals in the bin were dogs. Randall said animal control confirmed that the carcasses were that of badgers.

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The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks was notified about the badger carcasses, Randall said. In Montana, badgers are considered a common, non-game wildlife species that may be hunted or trapped year-round, according to the Fish, Wildlife and Parks website.

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