How do I dispose of a dead wild animal?

credit_Mike TomsIf it is not convenient to submit a carcass for examination, or the GWH team have confirmed that they do not need to examine the specimen on this occasion, you should consider disposing of the body or leaving it alone.

You can dispose of the carcass by burying it at an appropriate depth or by putting it in the bin (using the guidelines below). If you are unable to follow any of the recommended advice please contact your local council for further information.

Wild animals can carry several diseases that are infectious to people and domestic animals and some simple hygiene precautions will help minimise the risk of infection.

When disposing of a wild animal carcass please follow the guidelines below:

  1. Avoid touching the carcass with your bare hands.
  2. If possible, wear disposable protective gloves when picking up and handling the carcass.
  3. Place the carcass in a suitable plastic bag, preferably leak proof. Care should be taken not to contaminate the outside of the bag.
  4. Tie the bag and place it in a second plastic bag.
  5. Remove gloves by turning them inside out and then place them in the second plastic bag. Tie the bag and place in a crush proof container and dispose of in the normal household refuse bin.
  6. Hands and forearms should be washed thoroughly with soap and water after handling any wild animal carcass.
  7. If disposable gloves are not available, a plastic bag can be used as a make-shift glove. When the carcass has been picked up, the bag can be turned back on itself and tied. It should then be placed in a second plastic bag, tied and disposed of in the normal household waste.
  8. Alternatively, the dead animal can be buried, but not in a plastic bag.
  9. Any clothing that has been in contact with the dead animal should be washed using ordinary washing detergent following the manufacturer’s recommendations.