THE BRITISH COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

Q - I found a dead wild animal – what should I do with it?

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Most wild animals can be disposed of in the garbage or buried.

If you find a bird that is a crow or raptor during the summer mosquito season, please contact your regional health authority as the birds may be tested for West Nile Virus Research. You can report the dead bird directly to the BC Centre for Disease Control using an online form. This website also has information on how to dispose of dead birds. If the bird has a leg band you can contact the Ministry of Environment at 1-866-431-BIRD (2473) to determine if there is an agency studying this species.

For wildlife killed on roads, please contact the local municipality where the incident has occurred. Highway crews or contractors will be notified to pick up the body. This is important to do as soon as possible avoid secondary kill – where predators like raptors and bears will come to eat the road kill and end up being hit by another vehicle.

 

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