Posted: Jan 23, 2013 9:45 PM by MTN News
On Friday, six elk were killed along Interstate 15 near Jefferson City after being hit by two vehicles.
While many viewers wondered if the meat would be donated to Helena Food Share or a similar agency, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the elk meat was unsalvageable.
Whenever animals are killed along Montana's highway, several factors determine whether the meat can be saved and possibly sent to a butcher for distribution.
Internal injuries can play a role in the meat becoming factor-tainted.
Officials also say that there is a risk of not knowing the condition the animals were in before the accident happened which may make the meat a health hazard.