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Roadkill Salvage Rules On Fish & Wildlife Commission Agenda

BLM of Oregon & Washington

It’ll soon be legal to salvage roadkilled deer and elk in Oregon.

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This Friday (10/12), state Fish and Wildlife Commissioners meet to adopt rules developed through recent legislation. A public comment period will start the meeting.

Michelle Dennehy of the ODFW says the rules take effect on New Year’s Day. She says roadkill cannot be deliberately hit by vehicles, and drivers must fill out an online permit within 24 hours of salvaging the animal.

“We won’t be doing any game meat inspections or anything like that," Dennehy tells KLCC.  "Even now, we do attempt to salvage road-killed animals, but a lot of them don’t pass game-meat inspection.  So it’ll be up to whoever chooses to salvage the animal to decide if it’s safe to consume or not.”

Officials require salvagers to surrender the head and antlers of any road-killed deer or elk, to help research diseases. And the entire carcass – including innards – need to be removed from the road.

Copyright 2018, KLCC.

Copyright 2018 KLCC

Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. He is a 20-year reporter who has worked at NPR, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including three Edward R. Murrow Awards and the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award in 2012.