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What happens to Road Kill?

I was driving through Pennsylvania years ago and saw a ton of deer that had been killed on the road.  They were laying everywhere.  What happened to those deer?

When I lived in Utah, it wasn't uncommon to travel one particular road and find twenty to thirty deer kills each day.  What happened to those deer?

I was talking to my buddy in Eastern Washington yesterday and we were talking about the recent Big Horn Show in Spokane.  He is very involved in the event and is pretty up to date on what's happening.  He said they made a pretty good chunk of money this year.  I asked him what they did with that money.

He said that one of the big projects is taking care of deer and/or elk killed on the roads.  The State Police call them when they find a freshly killed animal on the road or one that's been injured and is still alive.  The club sends out some people to pick up the animal, process it into meat and the meat is all donated to charitable organizations like the Gospel Mission and places that feed homeless people.  Wow, what a program!!!  It's against the law for anyone to pick up and salvage meet from a road kill, but the Big Horn Club has made arrangements with the state to salvage as much as possible and provide the meat to homeless.

This is a fantastic program!!  Do any of you know what is done in your state with road killed animals?

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roadkill

The driver of the vehicle who hits the deer is given the first opportunity to take it.  If they do not want it, the police have a list of people who they can call that will come pick up the animal.  Most of these people use it for coyote bait, with a few salvaging what they can for their freezer.  If nobody wants the roadkill, the local highway department will pick it up and take it to a small zoo in the area that has a couple of large wild cats that make short order of the carcass.

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Thats the same here in

Thats the same here in Vermont and N.Y. The person hitting the deer would get the chance to keep the deer if not to bad destroyed. I know that in Vermont when a deer is hit thats first, then if not any local fire dept or organization can get the deer for game suppers or even senior citizen homes have taken them.

If no one wants them or they're mutilated to much they have big pits they burry them in. Also the local wardens have a list of possible takers if no one else wants them. They call that person and his turn he has to come get it or be taken off the list. The same with moose road kill. It's hard to get your name on a moose list because the local organizations will surely take them first and use them to good advantage.

I've heard from New Hampshire hunters that if they happen to come across a moose roadkill on the side of the road that they can take that moose and notify the local wardens. I"m not sure on that because there's gotta be circumstances on how to go about that, I'd like to know though. Either way in Vt or Ny the meat is put to good use and not wasted. Thumbs up

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sometimes it's a waste

Sad to say that sometimes meat is wasted here in New York. If the accident is called in to law enforcement as it should be then the individual who hit the animal is usually given the option of taking it. If they don't want it then the DEC officer in the area usually collects it for donation to charity. The waste comes in when the driver does not call the accident in (likely to keep it from raising their insurance rates) and does not collect the animal (transporting the untagged animal would be illegal too). In this case the animals bloat and rot on the roadside until removed by the town or county road crews as garbage and that's just a sad shame.

 

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You know, way back in my

You know, way back in my grandparents day in Maine, the state would give you the option.  Either you could keep the deer, or the state would pay for the damage to your vehicle. 

So, if you got a good headshot with your bumper, and do minimal damage, you got a free deer.  But, if you tanked a moose and totalled the car, you get the state to pay.

I don't think they could afford that these days.  lol

Out here in California, they are really anal when it comes to roadkill.  I don't know the last time anyone actually got to keep the deer, in cases that I have heard.  In my county, I know that they will pick them up, and they have a wolf-recovery center up in the mountains that they will feed the deer to.

Other than that, they'll do with them whatever they please.

 

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What happens to road kill?

In Alaska charities get right on it and get the meat to the poor.

http://www.adn.com/2010/02/25/1156617/salvage-of-road-kill-moose-gets.html

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Well, I can tell you from

Well, I can tell you from experience that I've hit 3 deer so far with my truck, NOT that I was trying to because that would be nuts,lol. On 2 of the deer on seperate occasions the damage was in excess of $1700 and I have a grill guard on my truck. The last one was taken broad side at 40 MPH and I never seen her coming at night ON my way hunting no less.

The first one I did see standing in a field as I was rounding a corner with my boat in tow. She scooted out as I was rounding it and trhere was trees, first she was in the field, then she was in my grill. No chance to stop. now!!

Each time I reported it to the insurance agent and it is considered an act of god they call it so after the estimate was made it was a $50 deductable. The 3rd deeer ran into my rear corner panel, just a scratch there, she got up after kicking around for a minute and ran off, WHEW, good. :yes:

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I live in Georgia

Well here if you hit a deer you have to call the cops and if something is wrong with the way it looks they say "oh we don't like our deer pretenderized" and then the give it to the dogs in the station instead of giving it to the shelters where they could really use it if they would help to prepare it! But while I was in Alabama If you hit a deer you take it and drive; then if you don't want it it goes towards hunting bait or if you're nice it goes to people who really need it! Or at least that's what I do!

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cool program

arrowflipper wrote:

I was driving through Pennsylvania years ago and saw a ton of deer that had been killed on the road.  They were laying everywhere.  What happened to those deer?

When I lived in Utah, it wasn't uncommon to travel one particular road and find twenty to thirty deer kills each day.  What happened to those deer?

I was talking to my buddy in Eastern Washington yesterday and we were talking about the recent Big Horn Show in Spokane.  He is very involved in the event and is pretty up to date on what's happening.  He said they made a pretty good chunk of money this year.  I asked him what they did with that money.

He said that one of the big projects is taking care of deer and/or elk killed on the roads.  The State Police call them when they find a freshly killed animal on the road or one that's been injured and is still alive.  The club sends out some people to pick up the animal, process it into meat and the meat is all donated to charitable organizations like the Gospel Mission and places that feed homeless people.  Wow, what a program!!!  It's against the law for anyone to pick up and salvage meet from a road kill, but the Big Horn Club has made arrangements with the state to salvage as much as possible and provide the meat to homeless.

This is a fantastic program!!  Do any of you know what is done in your state with road killed animals?

cool program, more places should do something like this

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Here in Oregon they pick them

Here in Oregon they pick them up when they get around to it and dump them. If you knoe the right warden to call, you'll get told to take care of it and he doesn't care how or what you do with the carcass. But it is not leagal here to pick up road kill, to bad.

I just recently read something about one state that made it illegal for charities to accept donated wild meat. maybe it was homeless shelter's. To bad, lot of expense could be cut off the programs in places if they did.

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Here in Oregon they pick them

Here in Oregon they pick them up when they get around to it and dump them. If you knoe the right warden to call, you'll get told to take care of it and he doesn't care how or what you do with the carcass. But it is not leagal here to pick up road kill, to bad.

I just recently read something about one state that made it illegal for charities to accept donated wild meat. maybe it was homeless shelter's. To bad, lot of expense could be cut off the programs in places if they did.

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