Friday, October 4, 2013

Montana Roadkill Rule Could Pass In November

Posted By on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM

A new law which will allow Montanans to dine on roadkill is on hold for another month. While the law passed through the Montana Legislature and went into effect Oct. 1, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission still has to finalize rules on recovering dead deer, elk, moose or antelope from the road.

This morning's Missoulian reports that after Montana FWP agrees on regulations, they'll send it to the Montana Secretary of State for approval and the law may be in place sometime in November.

The new law allows anyone who wants to claim a vehicle-killed carcass of one of the four approved animal species need only log on to a state website to fill out the permit within 24 hours of hauling the carcass home. A permit is needed for each animal salvaged.

The Missoulian reports that there’s no shortage of animals in states like Montana, which State Farm insurance rates as the No. 2 state for deer-vehicle collisions—West Virginia ranks No. 1. The insurance company estimated 1.2 million deer-vehicle collisions in the United States last year.

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