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March 8, 2013

Doubling Back for the Roadkill

Squirrel gravy is such a delicacy in Appalachia that there is a RoadKill Cook-off each year in the hollows of West Virginia. Lawmakers in Montana get the drift. The lower house of the Montana Legislature recently approved a measure that would allow citizens to salvage fresh roadkill and take it home for dinner.

The 95-to-3 vote indicated how noncontroversial the idea is becoming in rural America. Auto collisions between man and beast have become routine, and the value of fresh roadkill is well appreciated by adaptive hunters and by food bank operators, who help the poor survive.

“There’s a lot of good meat being wasted out there,” State Representative Steve Lavin, the bill’s sponsor, told The Daily Inter Lake, speaking as a veteran state trooper who got the idea from patrolling highway carnage for 20 years. If the Senate agrees, Montana will join Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois and West Virginia in permitting roadkill to be salvaged under a variety of safety and health regulations.

Montana state troopers would issue permits to salvage newly killed deer, antelope, moose and elk — but not bighorn sheep and other valued animals that might invite motorized poaching. About 6,000 deer died in Montana after colliding with automobiles in 2011, as did 500 other animals, including mountain lions and black bears.

Matt Kenna, a lawyer, hunter and roadkill connoisseur, told Bloomberg News he carries game-dressing equipment in his car and takes home about $1,800 worth of fresh meat each year. His favorite roadside treat, he said, is elk steak marinated in Italian dressing.
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