Reporting Dead Rodents or Birds
If you find a dead rodent or bird that does not have a clear cause of death, report it to the Douglas County Health Department using the online report 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. You do not need to report dead animals that were involved in vehicle accidents.
If you find a dead rodent or bird, 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.
By law, certain diseases must be reported by hospitals, health care providers, and laboratories to public health. If you have a reportable disease, complete the online report form or contact the Health Department at 720-643-2400.