What to Do About a Dead Rabbit

A common visitor to backyards nationwide, rabbits are also one of the animals most likely to be found dead on the lawn. Due to these pests' small size and gentle nature, cats and dogs can kill them with ease, leaving their bodies for property owners to deal with. Dead rabbits can be recognized by their large, dark eyes, long ears, and mottled gray, brown, or white fur. Their bodies are typically found near their underground burrows or around fences and hedges.

Health Risks & Dangers

While leaving them undisturbed may be nature's way of dealing with dead rabbits in the yard, most people find this approach a little too slow for their liking. Insect pests and predators, like coyotes, are attracted by the pungent smell of decay and often come to pick animal remains clean. Pets that eat carcasses or residents who attempt to remove them may also pick up parasites from their fur or be exposed to tularemia. Absorbed through the skin via infected bodily fluids, this disease can cause skin ulcers, swollen lymph nodes, and pneumonia-like symptoms.


While they certainly cause problems when they die on residential properties, rabbits are a nuisance at the best of times. These pests are well known for eating from gardens and flowerbeds, leaving behind nothing but neatly clipped stems. To avoid the problem of dealing with a dead rabbit in the future, addressing active infestations now is the best policy. Be proactive about rabbits in the yard by turning to the wildlife experts at Critter Control.

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