Texans have been concerned with dead animals along the roadsides for over 138 years. In April of 1874, the Legislature of the State of Texas enacted a law to prevent the leaving of dead animals in the public highways, roads or streets or alleys (or within 50 yards of them) of any village, town or city. The fine was to be not less than $5 nor more than $100 (session of the 14th Legislature, Jan. 13, 1874 Chapter LIX Section 1).
The Texas Administrative Code (Dec. 2007) recommends that municipalities and those in the agricultural industry dispose of carcasses in one of the following ways: open burning, pit burning, burning with accelerants, pyre burning, air curtain incinerations, or burial or natural decomposition. None of the above-mentioned can take place within 50 yards of roadways, etc. None of the above-mentioned disposal methods should take place near water sources. So, hunters, continue to dispose of your kill properly and teach the next generation to do so also. Citizens whose pets or stock die, please take proper care of the remains. If you see dead animals alongside Blanco’s city streets, call the city offices. For carcasses along county roads, call your county commissioner and, for remains spotted along 281, 1623 or other state highways, call TxDOT. Drive carefully during the holiday season – don’t hit a deer!