Montana News

Oct 18, 2013 6:49 PM by Melissa Anderson

Salvaging road-kill almost legal in Montana

HELENA - Officials with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are reminding people that it's not yet legal to salvage deer, elk, antelope, or moose killed in collisions with vehicles.

A new law will not go into full effect until November, when a permit system is approved and operational.

Until then, people may not pick up road-killed wildlife.

While the FWP Commission adopted rules to establish a permit system for salvaged roadkill, those rules by law must now be approved by Montana Secretary of State's office.

Officials said once the law for the salvage of road-killed deer, elk, antelope, and moose goes into full effect, FWP will notify the public about how to obtain a salvage permit and other requirements.

FWP spokesman Ron Aasheim explained, "You do have to take the whole animal, you can't gut it right there on site. You have to load the whole animal, take it in, and you can't use the meat for trapping or baiting or that sort of thing. It has to be utilized for human consumption or if it's not usable, disposed of according to state law which means in a sanitary landfill or someplace."

People are expected to be able to apply for a permit online or in person at any FWP office within 24 hours of salvaging an animal.