Montana Could Legalize Road Kill Consumption
Montana could allow people to eat their road kill, according to ABC news.
A bill passed Montana’s House of Representatives allows “game animals, fur-bearing animals, migratory game birds and upland game birds” hit by a car to be collected. Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, and Georgia all have similar bills.
State Rep. Steve Lavin introduced the bill.
Lavin and food safety specialist Benjamin Chapman gave some practical advice to families using road kill for dinner.Lavin said that in his “day job” as a state trooper he sees a ton of animals hit on Montana’s roadways that could potentially be repurposed to provide meat for people in need. State troopers already alert food banks to viable bumper banquets. This bill would simply make the practice legal.
If passed, Lavin said the law would explicitly exclude species such as big horn sheep and bear over concerns there would be profiteering from horns, claws and other body parts collectors covet. He added that it certainly wouldn’t apply to situations like “finding a dead squirrel in the middle of the road” either.
“It’s like any other meat—if you leave it outside the refrigerator for a couple of hours, you aren’t going to want to eat it,” Lavin said.Chapman advised using a meat thermometer and cooking large game to a temperature of at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit. When dressing the carcass, keep it away from other foods, scrub work surfaces with bleach afterward, and wash hands thoroughly.
Montana Could Legalize Road Kill Consumption | Washington Free Beacon
Black Blade: And it's tenderized already! Okay, seriously though - I see many dead game animals that are left to rot because it's illegal. We kill more deer on our roads in Wyoming than hunters harvest during hunting season. That's a lot of wasted meat. I knew an old Arkie who used to drive his pickup with push bar fast up and down mountain roads hoping to "bag" a deer for his family. Odd old boy but he was good people.