Roadkill For Dinner? Law May Soon Change In Michigan
Michigan law allows for drivers to take home animals struck by vehicles after getting permission from authorities.
The rules may be about to change.
Two Michigan lawmakers have introduced a bill which would make it easier for motorists to take home roadkill.
Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, and Sen. John Pappageorge, R-Troy, have introduced a bill to simplify the process for taking an animal killed by a vehicle - currently allowed by the state but only after getting a free salvage tag from the state Department of Natural Resources or a local police agency.
Booher said his Senate Bill 613 would allow a motorist to take the animal for eating and other uses, such as baiting, and keep a written record of where and when it was hit and get the salvage tag later. Finding appropriate authorities to provide a salvage tag after raccoon runovers and deer dents is inconvenient, Booher said, noting that road-killed animals sometimes stay put for weeks.
This proposal makes sense to me.
Abuse of the system will always be a concern, but getting our roads clear of hazards more quickly while using fewer public resources seems like a win-win.