Healthy living

Burying dead animals

Following a bushfire, flood, cyclone or other natural disaster, pet animals, wildlife, and farm animals may not survive.

It is important to bury animals as soon as possible to prevent flies breeding, odours, scavenging animals, and to stop the spread of disease.

Dig a hole 1 metre deep and as far away as possible from sources of water (such as rivers and lakes) and drains. If you have access to quick lime (builder’s lime), cover the body with it before filling with soil to help speed up decay.

Always wear gloves if handling dead animals and wash your hands with soap and water afterwards.

Livestock and farm animals

Follow advice from livestock carcase disposal after fire, flood or drought (external site) issued by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development when burying livestock.

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Last reviewed: 23-10-2023
Environmental Health Directorate

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