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Getting rid of a wild animal carcass

Generally speaking, dead wildlife carcasses can be bagged and disposed of in the trash. Follow the steps outlined below and make use of our best hygiene practices tips.

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Never touch the carcass of a wild animal with your bare hands.

Use a lined plastic bag. Wear disposable nitrile or latex gloves if you have them. If you don't have them, make sure you use gloves that you can wash or throw away afterwards.

Reach into the bag and grasp the carcass through the plastic. Gradually turn the bag over onto the carcass, gently lifting it to fit all the way into the bag without touching it.

Tie a knot in the bag.

Put the bag and gloves in the trash.

Nonetheless, wash your hands immediately after picking up the carcass. Use soap and water or a hydroalcoholic solution whose alcohol content is at least 60%.

Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose both during and after handling the carcass.

Do not eat, drink or smoke when handling the carcass.

Wear goggles and a face shield if there is a risk of spraying droplets during handling. Position yourself with your back to the wind so that droplets move away from you naturally.

Disinfect all equipment that has been in contact with the carcass using a chlorine solution (one part bleach to nine parts water). If equipment cannot be effectively disinfected, it should be disposed of in the trash.

If a carcass is too large to fit in a garbage bag or is found on a public road, contact your municipality. They will advise you of the proper procedures and/or services that are available.

Last update: January 8, 2024


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