How to Properly Dispose of Dead Animals

Ways to Dispose of Dead Animals

When it comes to disposing of dead animals, specifically those animals obtained ­through hunting methods, there are typically four methods to consider: landfills, burial, composting and cremation. When you're weighing your options, you should consider your nearby surroundings. For example, is there a solid waste landfill nearby? Are you far enough away from sources of water? What time of year is it? Do you know of a local composting site?

­The first method you might choose is placing the remains in a landfill. It might cost you to take your carcass or inedible parts to a landfill, so it's important to call your local facility ahead of time to check.

Another way to dispose of dead animals is simply by burying the remains. Burial is economical and easy, but it requires some planning. You want to avoid burying the animal near any water source or an area that's prone to flooding. If the private property is not your own, make sure to check with the owner before breaking ground.

Composting an animal can only be performed in certain areas, so if you choose this option, you would have to look into the regulations affecting your location. There are usually composting sites that handle slaughterhouse remains if you aren't able to create one yourself [source: Hunting for Tomorrow].

Cremation, also known as burning or incineration, is a means of disposing of dead animals that costs money, but it also eliminates any worry you might have about contaminating other species, nearby water or humans.

Read on to learn about why it's important to dispose of dead animals properly.