What do I do if I see a sick or dead animal?
Monitoring possible disease outbreaks is critical to protecting the health of wildlife in Missouri. Please report observations of the following:
- Single deer that appear sick, especially deer that are skinny and acting oddly
- Three or more sick or dead mammals
- Five or more sick or dead birds
- Groups of sick and dead amphibians or reptiles
Report any observations of sick or dead wildlife that meet these criteria to WildlifeHealth@mdc.mo.gov
- Avoid handling sick or dead wildlife.
- If you must handle a dead animal, always wear gloves and wash your hands after.
Any mammal can carry rabies — be cautious of any mammal that is acting strangely.