Hunter's 'Stupid Mistake' Leads to Grisly Scene
And a malodorous one in Argyle, NY
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2017 12:07 PM CST
A stock photo of a (very living) bull moose.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The source of a stench that bedeviled the residents of Argyle, NY, this fall has been identified, and it's a grisly one. The Post-Star reports hundreds of pounds of rotting moose meat—including the animal's head—were the culprit. After tracing the smell to its source, the state Department of Environmental Conservation's detective work led them to a Vermont butcher, who pointed them to Raymond Graham, an Argyle man who had legally shot a 665-pound bull moose in Vermont earlier this fall.

Graham admitted to the "stupid mistake" and said he thought coyotes would make short work of it. "I should have just dug a hole and buried it." Not really: State law dictates unwanted game meat be put in the trash; Graham was ticketed for the violation. (This man invented the "world's worst smell.")

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