PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Police are investigating after hundreds of fish were dumped on the side of the road in north Phoenix.
Arizona Game and Fish confirmed to Arizona’s Family that at least 1,000 pounds of carp and gizzard shad, boxes and trash from a spearfishing tournament at Lake Pleasant over the weekend were dumped in the area of 15th Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Road.
"It looks like a big pile of carp, disgusting, rotting fish," said Brandon Klar, who drove past the pile on his way to work. "Very nausea inducing."
According to Arizona Game and Fish, one known participant of the tournament actually donated several hundred pounds of fish to the Phoenix Herpetological Society, who were able to share some of the fish with the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center for bears to eat.
“Spearfishing is a lawful activity and an effective management tool for certain species of aquatic wildlife,” according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The AZGFD encourages all ethical angling methods, and promotes the responsible disposal of fishing related waste.
"It's pretty gross," said Karen Rowe, who pulled her car over Tuesday just to catch a glimpse of the pile. "I mean fish in the middle of the desert, so it's quite shocking."
Phoenix Police Department said if officers find the person responsible, they could be cited for criminal littering.
"For somebody to come and dump a bunch of trash, it's pretty upsetting," said Klar. "It's not something we want in our neighborhood."
"It's hard to believe anyone would dump it like that," said Rowe. "I mean, we're in an industrial area, but there's (sic) still nice offices in the area."