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Dead Animal and Disease Reporting

Reporting Dead Animals

If you find a dead animal or bird, report it to the Douglas County Health Department using the online form. Although the animal may have died from natural causes, a predator, or due to disease, the Health Department may wish to test the animal for the presence of disease.

If you find a dead animal, do not touch it with your bare hands. Contact the Douglas County Health Department. If you are instructed to dispose of the animal, wear gloves. Pick up the animal with a long-handled shovel and place it in a plastic bag. Tie a knot, and place that in a second bag.  Tie a knot in the second bag and dispose of the bag in a lidded outdoor trash container. Remove the gloves and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

Reporting Diseases

By law, certain diseases must be reported by hospitals, health care providers, and laboratories to public health. See the current list of Reportable Diseases.