Jessica Whalen; The Mountain Lion Foundation; PO Box 1896, Sacramento, CA, 95812; (916) 442-2666;;
All livestock owners face legal, financial and community challenges when disposing of domestic animal remains, and concerns associated with uncovered livestock carcasses are increasing for both people and scavengers. Isolated bone piles that have traditionally been tolerated on remote ranches or open range are unacceptable on the outskirts of cities or where smaller acreages predominate. The vast majority of mountain lion depredation permits are issued adjacent to ranchette properties that house small livestock. Scavenging species are imperilled when exposed carcasses lure them closer to human habitation, where they are perceived as safety risks, come into conflict with domestic animals, or are exposed to drugs, poisons, and disease. Varying substantially from county to county, there is little accessible information about how to legally and safely dispose of carcasses. We researched carcass disposal regulations, methods, and services for every California county, reviewed state law, and contacted state and county agencies. The Mountain Lion Foundation has published general information about the topic, as well as an online county by county spreadsheet, listing approved methods and nearest facilities. This is a topic where agencies, rural residents, ranchers, wildlife organizations and wildlife professionals can collaborate with common goals to improve opportunities and reduce risks.
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