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Jan 27/17

To Eat or Not to Eat — Roadkill Posted by: Aaron Stearns | 0 Comments

The New York Times has darted into the topic of roadkill.

After 10 years of responding to calls where cars have hit animals on the road in Montana, the captain of the Highway Patrol in that state has drafted a bill that would allow those drivers to take the animal carcasses home.

“Under a previous state law, Mr. Lavin was required to tell people who had hit a deer or elk that they could not keep it. In some instances, he would take the dead animals to a local food bank, which would gratefully accept the meat, he said. This year, the legislation passed with bipartisan support and was signed by Gov. Steve Bullock. Now, anyone who wants to gather roadkill need only obtain a free permit from a peace officer within 24 hours.”

According to the story, Georgians can take dead bears home after they inform the proper authorities. In West Virginia, roadkill — really, but not really — is the star of an annual cook-off and festival. A man quoted from South Carolina says he annually carts home roughly three or four deer from the roadside to his home for venison steaks and burgers.

So how do you feel about roadkill for dinner? Are you squeamish about picking up free meals on the highway?



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