I’ve caught a rat! What do I do with it?
Firstly, make sure you’re wearing gloves. Apart from the yuck factor, dead rats (and other animals) transmit leptospirosis, a bacterial disease you don’t want to get.
Dead rats, stoats and hedgehogs
Just pop them in your bin. Think of them as meat scraps. Make sure you put your bin out for the next collection.
Possum carcasses are big and smell for ages if just cast them into the bush. If you’re trapping in a reserve, Auckland Council recommend putting the carcase in plastic bag and dropping it in a park rubbish bin. At home, burying it is probably the best bet.