A pile of dead deer left on state land near a home near Hart was roadkill left there by an employee of the Oceana County Road Commission.

When she discovered the pile of eight decomposing deer about 200 yards from her house in Weare Township, Tami Smith says at first she wasn’t able to get an explanation from the DNR or road commission.

But after an article and picture were published by the Oceana County Press, she says an apologetic person at the road commission called to say a new employee left the deer there by mistake and the carcasses were removed.

“The deer are gone and that's the only thing I wanted,” says a relieved Tami Smith. “I don't want any of the coyotes or the creepy crawlies that would have drawn. Or the smell and stench.

"I’m a happy girl.”

Smith says the area where the deer were piled is a former dumping ground in Weare Township, but she says a representative from the road commission told her their policy is to only leave one carcass at a time and farther away from the road.