Proper Carcass Disposal

Statewide, there is a growing problem with people dumping deer and other animals on public and private lands. Deer and other wild game or furbearer remains are considered municipal solid waste and should be disposed of along with other household waste through your curbside pickup or at an approved waste facility. The dumping of animal remains is illegal. This does not apply to the viscera discarded from legally-killed animals. Burning and/or burying of animal remains may also present serious health concerns and are not advisable practices. Contact your County Recycling Coordinator for more information.

This statement has been developed with the cooperation of the Department of Environmental Protection, Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and PA CleanWays-State.

Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Ave, Harrisburg Pennsylvania 17110-9797