CBC News has learned that a pile of rotting moose carcasses found near the Trans-Canada Highway in central Newfoundland were dumped by conservation officers.

It was confirmed by a manager with Newfoundland and Labrador's natural resources department.

"I found out that these were actually some road kills," said Eli Sheppard, a district ecosystem manager. "A couple of them ... had been disposed of in January of this year."

The remains were discovered Sunday by Shawn Bown about five kilometres east of Benton off the Trans-Canada Highway, near an area known as Denty's Pit. 


Moose bones were also seen in the same area. (CBC )

"It was kind of stunning and stinky at the same time," said Bown. "There was three full moose bodies there, plus there was a lot of bone from other moose. You could see the jaw bones and heads of about seven in total."

Conservation officers were in the area Monday morning, supervising a crew that was cleaning up the mess.

Bown said he was glad he made the grisly discovery before children did.

"I would like to see them clean up all the bones, get rid of all the bodies that is there, and not do this anymore," he said. "There's no reason for anybody to dump them in the woods like this."

Sheppard said conservation officers have been instructed to dump road kill moose further back in the woods.