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Wildlife

Forest of Dean District Council removes dead animals from its own land and the public highway. We remove wild animals such as badgers and foxes. 

If boar or deer are found please contact the Forestry Commission to arrange for removal on 0300 067 4800. 

If we receive a report of a domestic pet such as cat or dog, we will try to find the owners through the pet’s collar or microchip  If there is no identification and if the animal is not causing a hazard, we will leave the animal for a short time to enable the owner to find their pet and dispose of it in the manner they would like. We will collect these types of animals if left.

We do not collect any animal smaller than a domestic cat or dog. If you do find a dead animal of smaller size, you can either deal with it yourself by double bagging the animal and putting it in the domestic waste bin or leave the animal to decompose naturally.

If you find more than five dead swans, wild gulls, waders or ducks please contact the Defra Helpline on 08459 335577 (9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday). You will be asked for details of the birds and the location.

We do not remove farm animals (such as cows, sheep or pigs) and you should report any dead farm animals to the owner if known. 

We also do not collect dead animals from private property.

Report a dead animal by the road

Please be aware that we use a specialised team to remove dead animals and unless a road is being blocked, the dead animal may be left in place until our next scheduled visit to the area.