Animal Control
Deceased Animals

  • Deceased wildlife on private property is the homeowner’s responsibility for removal.  The animal can be double-bagged and placed in the trash.  Also, private nuisance animal services are listed in the yellow pages for removal.
  • Deceased wildlife on public streets, please contact Naperville city dispatch (630) 420-6187
  • If the animal is a road hazard, please contact the non-emergency police phone number (630) 420-6666
  • For pets, the homeowner is responsible for removal.  A veterinarian can be contacted for disposal or cremation.
  • If the deceased stray cat or dog is in the roadway or on private property please call animal control at (630) 420-6178, press 0.

West Nile Virus

If you find a dead bird… Late spring and summer only

  1. The bird is dead, but the carcass is in good condition.
    birds should be dead no more than about 24 hours prior to collection, and should not show signs of advanced decomposition (maggots, strong odor, dried or deflated eyes.)      
  2. The bird shows no sign it died of causes other than disease.
    Birds with obvious injuries such as wounds or missing parts, should not be submitted for testing.  Likewise, crushed carcasses and birds found along roadways are not acceptable.
  3. The bird must be one that is acceptable for testing.
    Some acceptable species are crows, blue jays, grackles, starlings, robins, cardinals, sparrows, finches, hawks and owls.  Birds that will not be accepted including pigeons, ducks, geese, chickens, other large birds and endangered species.

Any dead bird that is not collected for testing should be properly disposed of.  Use glove of rubber or latex (i.e., not cloth) or a plastic bag over your hands-use a shovel, tongs, or other instrument to pick up the bird and place it in a plastic bag.  Put the double-bagged bird with trash that will be picked up.