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Old 02-16-2009, 01:14 PM   #1
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How to get rid of a dead squirrel

Well, this is one of the reasons I used to call Dad..... things that show up dead, and I don't have a clue what to do. I can still call Dad, but I'm a big girl now and I want to do it myself.

Any suggestions on how to dispose of a dead squirrel? It's dead on the floor of my detached garage. I sense it died in the past couple months, but I can't be sure. I haven't used the garage in awhile.

Do I just stick a shovel under it and dump it in a bag and then the garbage can?

That's my plan. Anything better to do? Anything to be concerned about? I don't know what killed it.

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Old 02-16-2009, 01:17 PM   #2
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Do you have a local animal control department you could call? Most likely it's a non-issue and you'd be fine to put it in a sealed bag or bury it.
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That's what I would do, Kate.

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I would dig a hole and bury it.
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Do you have a local animal control department you could call?
'Cause they need a laugh? A dessicated two month old squirrel carcass? Peel Rocky off the floor with the shovel and, after appropriate rites, bury the l'il nut-muncher with full honors.

Or use the shovel and your garbage can.
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Man you guys! Get a plastic trash bag, pick it up with the bag and toss it in the garbage can.

(cross posted with calmloki--same difference)
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In my flat part of TX, we can't put dead animals in the trash. We have to call animal control.

'Course then again, I wonder who would be lookin'?
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That's the plan then -- shovel, bag, garbage can.

I'll go do it now!

Thank you!
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+Martha, or just put the thing in the garbage can naked. Oh and be sure to look for the mate maybe he/she is dead in the corner of the garage.
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In my flat part of TX, we can't put dead animals in the trash. We have to call animal control.

'Course then again, I wonder who would be lookin'?


So you can have a gun in Texas but can't throw away the body?
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In my flat part of TX, we can't put dead animals in the trash. We have to call animal control.

'Course then again, I wonder who would be lookin'?
Though it seems like overkill and probably isn't normally required, there *are* jurisdictions where this technically is the law. Granted, it's very unlikely anyone will know you dumped dead contraband into the trash in those jurisdictions.
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The ground is frozen in many places, digging a hole would be a lot of work and only invite a visit from a raccoon tonight. If you don't want to approach it/handle it, just scoop him up with a flat shovel and put him directly in the trash can. There's nothing wrong with saying goodbye to the poor critter as you close the lid.
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+Martha, or just put the thing in the garbage can naked. ....
That way onlookers don't notice you are disposing of a body?

BTW - shouldn't KHAN be the go-to source for squirrel information?
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In my flat part of TX, we can't put dead animals in the trash. We have to call animal control.

'Course then again, I wonder who would be lookin'?

I'm pretty sure here that animal control only gets involved when its on the road or sidewalk or other city property, or its a big issue some other way.

If your dog is hit by a car and dies in the road, animal control will pick it up. If your dog dies at home, animal control is not involved. I'm guessing it's similar to that.

But tonight is trash pick up night (municipal pick up), and city offices are closed, so I'll wing it. I want to clean out the garage.
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Though it seems like overkill and probably isn't normally required, there *are* jurisdictions where this technically is the law. Granted, it's very unlikely anyone will know you dumped dead contraband into the trash in those jurisdictions.
I assume they do this to test for rabies or other diseases. Fortunately, I haven't found any dead critters.
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I assume they do this to test for rabies or other diseases. Fortunately, I haven't found any dead critters.
That's my guess. Or West Nile. Or perhaps other diseases that may have been caused from things like bites from infected fleas and ticks. But I'd expect that's mostly done only if there's already a known outbreak in the area.
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We just put 'em in the freezer....
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Thank goodness there are laws to prevent us from putting squirrel pelts in our garbage cans.

This is the kind of thing I'd LOVE to be cited for. Lampooning the local officials over this would become a part-time hobby for months as it worked its way through the court system. I would be in the newspaper every day.
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This is one case where I agree with you samclem!
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Once the number of responses to a "simple question" goes beyond 15 this forum gets interesting.

Scoop he/she up with the shovel and drop into the middle of the road then go in and call the Animal Control people and tell the to "come and get it". Saves everyone any problems and then they can dissect the thing to their hearts content.
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