MISSOULA — The Montana Legislature passed a measure back in March allowing citizens to salvage road kill, and now Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is looking for input on how to implement the new law.
The commission on Thursday announced it was seeking public comment on a rule to carry out the law, which allows motorists to salvage antelope, deer, elk and moose killed in vehicle collisions.
Tom Palmer with FWP said the rule offers a framework for public permits allowing one to legally possess the road-killed animals.
“Under the proposed rule, a person who wants to salvage an antelope, deer, elk or moose killed on the highway must present the animal to a peace officer or at an FWP office to obtain the possession permit,” Palmer said.
As proposed, the rule would allow salvage permits for deer, elk, moose and antelope accidentally killed as a result of a vehicle collision.
Any carcass taken for salvage must be presented to a peace officer or agency office within 24 hours of taking possession. The meat must be used for human consumption. It cannot be used for bait or other purposes.
The proposed rule also notes that big game tags and licenses issued for the specific purpose of hunting will not be recognized for salvaging road kill.
Comments are being accepted through Aug. 23 at Comment@mt.gov, or at FWP – Attn: Proposed Salvage Rule, Law Enforcement Division, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, Mont., 59620-0701.