Posted: Jul 11, 2013 8:59 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
HELENA - Montanans wanting to salvage roadkill are one step closer to being able to do so legally.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is taking public comment on the roadkill bill which Governor Steve Bullock (D) signed into law in April.
Representative Steve Lavin (R - Kalispell) carried the legislation in an effort to prevent dead animals from going to waste.
FWP Spokesperson Ron Aasheim says the agency now has to develop specific procedures for how collecting the roadkill will work on the highways.
"If you hit a moose, deer, elk or antelope, you can recover that antelope and within 24 hours you have to get to an enforcement person or a department headquarters and get a permit to have that animal," Aasheim says.
Under the proposed rules, anyone who finds a dead animal can take it and must obtain a permit within 24 hours, it doesn't just have to be the driver who hit it. Also, the person taking the roadkill must take the whole carcass and use it for human consumption not baiting.
The FWP Commission is taking public comment on the rules and will adopt final procedures before October.