TECH TIP: How to obliterate an animal carcass with explosives


You never know when information like this will come in handy. Courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service, this document details how and where to place explosives on large animal carcasses when other removal practices are not feasible.

Some points to note:

  • An animal carcass is, of course, an animal that is dead, so levied judgments or assumptions as to the whys and wherefores of the animal’s death – or level of care prior to demise – should be taken into account in light of the fact that this technical bulletin presumes the carcass “can be particularly difficult to remove” especially if on a steep slope, in remote areas, in a body of water or “frozen into the ground.”
  • “Horseshoes should be removed to minimize dangerous flying debris.”
  • Total obliteration can be achieved by doubling the amount of explosives (see Figure 2). This objective may be required “in situations where the public is expected in the area the next day, or where bears are particularly prolific.”
  • Duck. More specifically, find a significant mass of protection – in addition to adequate distancing – from the blast PRIOR TO blasting.
  • Do not try this at home. As the document indicates, only “qualified blasters” should be the ones to direct such activities. This is being presented for information purposes only — and perhaps that off chance that Lifehacker may pick it up.
  • Contact your local U.S. Forest Service blaster for more information.
  • This document was authored in 1995, so information may have changed to reflect current practices, procedures and other sundry bits of information. Check yerself before you wreck yerself.

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