Montana Considers Legalizing Cooking up Roadkill for Food
People living in Montana might not have to go hunting to have elk, deer, antelope or moose for dinner, as a recently proposed bill would allow people to collect roadkill from the streets and cook it.
House Bill 247 would allow people to use roadkill they find for food, but only the animals listed above.
Other versions of the bill allowed people to collect game birds and furry animals like rabbits from the road, but the bill has since been revised.
The bill was passed in its second reading in the Senate, and lawmakers are going to discuss it again on Thursday.
Those who wish to eat roadkill will have to get a license.
“It really is a sin to waste a good meat,” State Sen. Larry Jent said.
Supporters of it think that it is a good way to prevent meat from going to waste on the roads.
But some people are opposed to the bill, believing it is unsanitary and unhealthy to cook the meat. Some have also wondered about the legality of it as the cattle industry is forced to follow federal guidelines and regulations.
And there are also some that believe people will start hitting animals on purpose so they can collect it, but officials don’t think citizens will go this far. The Fish, Wildlife and Parks agency will be in charge of regulating the roadkill if the bill passes.
“We don’t have very many suicidal drivers,” Jent said.
Surprisingly, Montana wouldn’t be the first state allowing people to cook up roadkill. Illinois allows people to use dead animals found on the road for fur and meat, while Alaska Fish and Wildlife Protection Troopers use meat from roadkill to feed the needy.