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Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 12:42 pm, Thu Apr 17, 2014.

A bill that would allow law enforcement officers to issue permits for salvaging road-killed game animals may not sound so palatable, but this legislation is better than its first appearances, said Rep. Steve Lavin, R-Kalispell.

“When people first hear about it — road kill — some of them think this is a crazy bill, but it’s not,” said Lavin, who’s been a trooper with the Montana Highway Patrol for more than 20 years.

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          Welcome to the discussion.

          6 comments:

          • MrLaffs posted at 10:11 am on Sat, Feb 23, 2013.

            MrLaffs Posts: 158

            In a letter from the Magpie And Crow Coalition, spokesbird Blackie McSqwack stated: "We are against this proposal. What the he!! are we supposed to eat all winter??"

             
          • Fast posted at 4:44 pm on Wed, Feb 20, 2013.

            Fast Posts: 247

            Ya I gottsa get my meat 4sale sign on my picmup truc.

             
          • DJJackson posted at 9:59 am on Tue, Feb 19, 2013.

            DJJackson Posts: 685

            I agree with Ridge, as well as with the ability to get a verbal permit number, it takes a long time for an officer to respond in a vehicle/animal collision, often times long enough that the meat will go bad before they can arrive.

             
          • Ridge posted at 12:55 am on Tue, Feb 19, 2013.

            Ridge Posts: 1

            I am all for this bill. Where I live in the extreme south end of the Bitterroot, we have a lot of car/truck and animal collisions. I have always thought it a waste for these animals to be left to rot. One more thing I would add, is that dispatch could also issue a verbal permit with an ID number that the person taking the animal would be able to then use to get his permit issued. Here in my area, the patrol or sheriff's may be hours away if they can come at all. So it is imperative that 911 dispatch also be allowed to give a permit verbally.

             
          • MTCowboy posted at 9:35 am on Sun, Feb 17, 2013.

            MTCowboy Posts: 28

            As in some other states, if you hit one of these animals, you may "keep", salvage the animal for personal consumption, but MUST turn in head & hide to state game officials within 48 hours. This prevents someone from profiting from the carcass, while allowing the meat to be used, and NOT wasted. It also cuts down on the $$$ spent by having the DOT pick up and dispose of these carcasses. Hmmmm, saving money, while putting food in someones freezer..............unique concept! Wonder why our elected officials didn't think of that!?! Thank You Mr Lavin for having good common sense, as well as the drive to see it through!

             
          • Strider posted at 9:43 am on Sat, Feb 16, 2013.

            Strider Posts: 423

            Some common sense legislation.

             

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