JENSEN BEACH, Fla. - Wild boars aren't only a problem in some rural communities, but now, along the Intracoastal Waterway shoreline.
Those who use and enjoy the shoreline near the Jensen Beach Causeway Park are concerned about wild boar carcasses washing up on the beach.
It's an area popular for fishing, boating, and having a picnic under the pavilion.
"We even made a joke about it, calling it boars head beach, but now it's just getting bad," one frustrated park user who did not want to be identified said.
He says he visits the park daily, and has noticed at least three carcasses wash up over the last couple of months.
Hair, hooves, bones, and intestines are spread along the beach near the boat ramps at the park.
"People don't want to drop their boats here when it smells like that. You got kids trying to play down on the beach, you don't want them playing around that," the man said.
Officials with the Martin County Parks Department say they've seen carcasses washing up for some time along various Intracoastal shorelines, most likely as a result of illegal dumping.
Jim Lopilato, Park Superintendent of Port Salerno and Hutchinson Island, says dumping is punishable, but only if law enforcement is able to catch someone in the act.
Otherwise, it's basically impossible to know where they're being dumped from.
It's disheartening to see this happening. It's a mess to clean up, it's somewhat of a health hazard," said Lopilato.
He assumes the carcasses at the Jensen Beach Causeway Park washed up from somewhere upstream by looking at the way the parts are scattered and buried in the sand.
"There's just no telling where it comes from," said Lopilato.
The man at the park says he has his own idea of what may be causing a problem. "I'm thinking hunting season just started and somebody's getting rid of their extra carcass."
People at the park say they've complained to the city to have the carcasses removed. Officials said they will be sending a crew out Thursday to shovel the carcasses out of the sand.
If you see dumping of any kind at any Martin County park property or shoreline, you can call the Parks Department which can arrange for a removal at 772-288-9650.