So with a new year comes a lot of changes and new laws, 10 new laws went into effect on Tuesday Jan 1. One of the most talked about laws is the new Road Kill Law
About 20 states already let drivers turn roadkill into food with advocates calling the practice healthier and more humane letting it sit along a street.
An animal’s antlers must be turned in within five business days, for example, and it’s illegal to intentionally hit an animal.
“It’s important to note that people are eating this at their own risk,” said Michelle Dennehy, a spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. “It’s up to each person to decide whether the meat is appropriate to eat.”
Here’s a breakdown of nine rules to follow if you want to dine on roadkill in Oregon, courtesy of the Fish and Wildlife Department:
1. Eat at your own risk
Any person who salvages a deer or elk will consume the meat at their own risk, so check for conditions such as chronic wasting disease. The state will not perform game meat inspections for any deer or elk salvaged.
2. Remove the carcass from the road
The entire carcass of the animal, including gut piles, must be removed from the road and right of way.
3. Selling the meat is prohibited
Sale of any part of a salvaged animal is prohibited, but transfer to another person will be allowed with a written record similar to transferring game meat.
4. Salvage the animals only for consumption
Deer and elk that a vehicle accidentally strikes may be salvaged for consumption only. Intentionally hitting a deer or elk to eat it remains unlawful. Oregon State Police could follow up if a situation appears suspicious.