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What to Do With a Dead Animal

 Never handle a dead animal without protective gear, like gloves or an inverted trash bag.

Dead Animals on Road

Dead animals on the roadway can be a hazard.  If you see a dead animal please note its location and call non-emergency police dispatch at 720-898-6900.  A police dispatcher will advise the Animal Management Officer to pick up the carcass.

Dead Animals in Your Yard

The Animal Management Office does not typically remove small dead animals from residents' yards except occasionally, in certain situations. If you find a rabbit, bird, squirrel, or other small animal in your yard, follow these instructions for removal:

  1. Do not touch the animal with your bare hands
  2. Use a long-handled shovel to pick up the dead animal and place it into a plastic bag.
  3. Put on gloves before handling the plastic bag
  4. Tie a knot in the top of the bag
  5. Place the bag with the animal into a second bag
  6. Tie a secure knot in the top of the second bag
  7. Dispose of the bag in an outdoor trash container
  8. Remove your gloves and thoroughly was your hands with soap and water

If you have found a dead wild animal - that isn't a rabbit, bird, squirrel, etc. - in your yard, call the Animal Management Office at 720-898-6850 for pick up. 

For information about rabies and your pet, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has more information.