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About 50 animal carcasses have been found on a disused rail corridor in northern Tasmania.
A private landowner discovered the animals over a 200-metre square area of TasRail's unused north-east railway line between Scottsdale and Launceston.
TasRail's corporate relations manager Jennifer Jarvis said the find was very concerning.
"There's dead animal carcasses being dumped with other rubbish and it looks as though they've been progressively dumped over a number of months - and it is a particularly gruesome sight," she said.
"I think it's very obvious that it's private property. Someone has chosen to act irresponsibly and dump this matter on a property that is clearly not a licensed refuge."
"Our main concern, in addition to the trespass, is the potential health risk of rotting animals being left in this matter."
She said the cost of cleaning up the site now fell to TasRail.
"I don't have an exact cost of the clean-up and remediation of the area but it's likely to run into thousands of dollars," she said.
Biosecurity Tasmania staff have examined the site and the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment will conduct an investigation.
TasRail said it would like to be contacted if anyone has information about the dumping.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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