Roadkill: Let public salvage or not?
by Pinedale Online!
March 4, 2016
The Wyoming Game and Fish Departmentís position is that it is both illegal and unsafe to recover meat from any road-killed wildlife, or wildlife parts, on any Wyoming roadway.
Idaho, on the other hand, feels differently and for the past four years has had a law in place that allows people to salvage roadkill. The Casper Star-Tribune posted an article recently saying that according to an online data base maintained by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, more than 4,800 animals have been salvaged from the stateís roadways since the law took effect including whitetail deer, mule deer, elk and moose. According to the article, the practice is surprisingly popular and just requires filling out a form reporting the salvage on a website and printing a salvage permit. No other action is required
Click on this link to read the story about how Idaho handles big game wildlife roadkill recovery: Waste not, want not: Idahoans embrace roadkill law
The Wyoming Game & Fish website states that stopping along any roadway is dangerous for the motorist and anyone else who might pass by the stopped vehicle. The condition of road-killed wildlife carcasses is such that the meat is not fit for human consumption. Injured and dead wildlife are removed by personnel of the Game and Fish or the Wyoming Department of Transportation, depending on the specific situation and or location of the animal. It is illegal to possess and transport parts of game animals that are not tagged or otherwise legally possessed. Attempts have been made over the years to introduce legislation to allow recovery of meat from big game wildlife roadkill, but to date have not passed.
Click on this link for the Wyoming big game wildlife roadkill management position: Donít Pick Up Road-kill