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Roadkill: it’s what’s for dinner

Thursday, April 14, 2016by  Jon Osterberg
A new Washington state law makes it legal for drivers to keep roadkill.
     This is not a joke.
      Effective this July, you can salvage deer or elk killed accidentally in a car crash. Previously, that was illegal. However, you cannot intentionally run down an animal.
     Also, Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum counties are exempt because of efforts to protect the endangered Columbian white-tailed deer.
     There’s a catch with the new rules: you must get a salvage permit within 24 hours of taking the animal.
     Also, you must clean up the mess. The law reads, “The entire carcass, including entrails, of the animal must be removed from the road.” Yuck.
     My colleague Jerry jokes that he cures squirrels in his smoker for tasty snacks. I figure he’s a likely candidate for deer or elk “harvesting.”
     All kidding aside, vehicle collisions with deer and elk are no joke. Severe damage often ensues from colliding with such large animals, and it’s not unheard of to process a claim where a car is totaled after striking an elk.
     Read about the new law on the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife website.

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personLynn imler04/19/2016 01:28 PM
Scary memories of a Cle Elum elk collision that demolished my car and the poor 1200 lb. elk.  I was extremely fortunate - minor injuries and awesome PEMCO insuurane coverage.  Within a week, my car was replaced and medical expenses were paid.  Thank you, PEMCO!
persondouglas e petersen04/16/2016 02:53 PM
when I was in job corp in Oregon we went to traffic court and we he heard cases where people were cited for hunting deer with their headlights on highway 101 it was kind of funny :) hope people arebn't too poor to buy a hunting license

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