My dad had around a dozen cows standing under a tree in Bama back forty years ago, during a major thunderstorm. Lightning stuck the tree and killed all twelve cows. He had the insurance guy come out, and settle on the cows (he actually made like $300 each). He spent $500 to hire the guy with the local bulldozer then to come out and dig this big hole about 100 hundred feet away from the tree. We dragged the cows into the hole, and had the bulldozer fill in the spot. That’s the only realistic way of handling this. You don’t want to mess with explosives or gasoline. It’s just the wrong logic in a case like this.
During the Reagan boom years, a developer bought land in a town that had been a big tannery area until the early 1900s.
80 years later, backhoes were snagging still rotting carcasses of animals.
Of course, the decay could have been slowed from all the leftover chromium and arsenic sites.