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.
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.