Clearing up and disposing of road kill costs a council in Norfolk £1,500 a month, it has been revealed.
West Norfolk Council pays a crematorium to deal with the remains of dead animals, including badgers and deer.
Councillor Brian Long said it was a reasonable cost for a service which had to be carried out.
He said: "If you leave carcasses of animals on the roadside they soon become very unpleasant and we have to think about public health."
Mr Long said it was worth spending money to make sure the carcasses were dealt with safely.
He said: "They come down and collect the creature from wherever it is and dispose of it in a way which is hygienic. Obviously we do our utmost to avoid the spread of diseases."