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F.W.P. Approves Road Kill Rules

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New rules from Montana, Fish, Wildlife and Parks bring Montanans one step closer to being able to keep and eat their road kill.

It's common to see elk, deer, moose and antelope along Montana's highways.

At the beginning of the month, a new law went into effect allowing people who hit those animals on the road to take the animal for its meat.

"The idea is if you don't want to see an animal go to waste, that has just recently been killed, you killed it, you came upon an accident," said Andrea Jones, F.W.P. Region 3 spokeswoman.

Even though the law is in effect, keeping road kill is prohibited without a permit.

Jones said new rules approved by the organization today set up a permit system along with other rules.

"If you are going to salvage an animal, you have 24 hours to establish a permit for that animal," said Jones.

Jones said you have to take the whole animal and hunting permits should not be used for salvaging animals.

To make that process easier, F.W.P. will put the permit application on their website for people to print their permit at home.

You could also get your permit from a peace officer at the scene of the crash.

Statewide F.W.P.  spokesman Ron Aasheim tells ABC FOX Montana there aren't any plans to develop a smartphone app for the process as some rumors were saying.

Many auto body shops in the Gallatin Valley said this is a practical law in Montana.

A & D Auto Body Shop Manager Dustry Jacobs said he sees people coming in who crashed into large animals quite often.

"Anywhere from two to three a week probably," said Jacobs. "It depends on the time of year."

F.W.P. received 86 comments earlier this year, most of them supporting the rules.

Those rules now go to the Secretary of State for approval.

Once the Secretary of State signs off on the rules, the application for a salvaging permit will be on F.W.P.'s website.

Jones said that is expected to happen by the end of the month.

 

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