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Natural Resources

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​It happens every day: a cow or horse dies unexpectedly. Owners of these animals need to know that there are sound and appropriate ways to dispose of the carcasses.

Improper disposal of animal carcasses can pollute groundwater and surface water, and can jeopardize the health of livestock, wildlife, and pets.

Carcass disposal must be safe for animals and the environment, and people must comply with state law. Some counties also have their own disposal-related ordinances.

Animal carcasses within 1/2-mile of any dwelling or within 1/4-mile of any running stream of water must be disposed of as soon as possible, but no later than 15 hours after the time of death or discovery (ORS 601.140​).

For disposal information, see our Landowner's Guide to Manag​ing Livestock Mortality

Where can I take a large animal carcass for disposal? 

See our list of landfills and transfer stations that accept animal carcasses. 

Can I have someone haul an animal carcass? 

If you are unable to haul animals yourself or prefer to use a hauling service, see our list of haulers licensed in Oregon


Natural Resources
635 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4700