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Cow carcasses seen floating in Coosa River creek

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Three cow carcasses were first spotted near the Neely Henry Lake two weeks ago and have now moved to a creek off of the Coosa River. Source: WBRC video Three cow carcasses were first spotted near the Neely Henry Lake two weeks ago and have now moved to a creek off of the Coosa River. Source: WBRC video
The state agriculture department says it's the responsibility of whoever owns the creek to remove the dead cows, but it's unclear who owns it. Source: WBRC video The state agriculture department says it's the responsibility of whoever owns the creek to remove the dead cows, but it's unclear who owns it. Source: WBRC video
Albert Huey owns the Canoe Creek Bait Shop near the area where the cow carcasses were spotted. Source: WBRC video Albert Huey owns the Canoe Creek Bait Shop near the area where the cow carcasses were spotted. Source: WBRC video
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ST. CLAIR COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

There's an unusual problem facing some folks in St. Clair County: cow carcasses are floating in a creek that's just off of the Coosa River

The sight took Albert Huey by surprise.

"Whose cow are they? Where'd they come from?" Huey questioned.

The cows floated down Canoe Creek, just outside his business, Canoe Creek Bait Shop.

"We fish in this lake, we eat the fish that come out of it. We swim in this lake. That's not sanitary," O.B. Huey, Albert's son, said.

O.B. first saw the carcasses, three in all, about two weeks ago. Officials with the St. Clair County EMA Office says there were first seen in nearby Neely Henry Lake. But now, they're closer to the Canoe Creek Bait Shop.

"It's killing Canoe Creek. We ain't getting no business," O.B. said.

"They're polluting the water and people fish around here and when they get to stinking, sure enough ain't nobody gonna come over here," Albert Huey added.

So who is responsible for getting the carcasses out? After calling 13 agencies and speaking with nine, the Alabama Department of Agriculture had the answer: It would first fall to the creek owner to clean up the mess.

But there seems to be a dispute as to whether the creek is owned by Alabama Power, St. Clair County or the state.

Since that is unclear, whoever owns the cattle would be responsible for cleaning it up. But that's unknown too.

The Ag Department says they'll get their Agriculture Rural Crime Unit on the case to see if they can figure that out.

"I don't say I was angry. I'm just wanting to know, if somebody would just step up to the plate and say let's get ‘em out of there," O.B. Huey said.

The Ag Department says there should be a tag on the cows signifying who they belong to. If the dead cows have the tag, it should make this case go quicker.

With the weather getting nice and more people wanting to get out on the water, the Hueys say finding the responsible party can't come soon enough.

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