What Do I Do If I Find A Dead Deer Outside?

Deer are animals that are found across the country, although they are naturally more inclined to be living in rural areas, well away from people and domestic properties. This means that the majority of cases where people will encounter a dead deer on their property will be in rural areas, but even in towns and cities a deer can die there from time to time. Because of its size, dealing with the carcass of a deer is a problem as it can be difficult to remove such a large animal without the appropriate equipment, and there is also the issue of what to do with the carcass even if you do have the ability to move it.

Is The Deer On Your Property?

The first thing to consider when it comes to knowing what to do about a dead deer is to check whether it is on your property, or whether it is on public property. Unfortunately, if the carcass of the animal is in your yard or garden then it will be your responsibility and you will then need to start to take the appropriate steps to get rid of the animal. In some cases the deer may be on common land or public property near your home, and in this case you may have some support to help deal with the dead animal. As deer are particularly prone to being hit by cars, having a dead deer on the road outside a home is also fairly common.

Will The Local Authorities Remove A Dead Deer For You?

The role of your local animal services department will depend on whether or not the dead animal is on your property or if it is on public property. If the deer is on the road, then if you notify your local transportation department, in many cases they will come out and deal with the deer carcass for you, while if it is in the park or on a public footpath, the local animal services department will try to deal with the animal. Unfortunately for those who have a dead deer on private property, your call to the public authorities will leave you with a dead deer to deal with, although in some cases they will be able to refer you to a professional to remove the carcass.

Disposing Of A Dead Deer

If you have a large property, one option that may be possible for you is to bury the carcass, although in this case you will need to ensure it is buried deep enough so that other animals cannot dig down and get access to the carcass. Most dead animals will be removed to landfill sites, while some locations also have composting sites to recycle dead deer, but for this you will need a trailer in order to move the animal, along with help to carry it. You can also hire a professional to remove the animal for you, but because of the cost of disposal and the equipment to remove the animal, this will cost you to have the removal carried out.

Preventing Deer From Getting On To Your Property

If you live in an area where deer are common, there are steps that you can take to keep deer from getting on to your property, and a good fence around the garden can be particularly effective way to keep the deer off your property. If you are looking for something a little less obtrusive, deer are naturally cautious creatures, so wind chimes or similar items that cause a noise the deer won't be familiar with can also help to keep these animals away.

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