Cattle ranchers like Sen. Jim Peterson, R-of Buffalo, questioned how roadkill could be harvested for food when the cattle industry must follow strict federal regulations.
Montana is not alone in considering the usefulness of roadkill. Illinois allows people with a furbearing permit to remove roadkill for pelts and also allows for the salvaging of meat.
Alaska Fish and Wildlife Protection Troopers run a program that divvies approximately 820 moose carcasses to charitable organizations, like churches and nonprofit organizations, who cook up moose meat for needy people.
The Montana measure would defer to the state’s Fish, Wildlife and Parks agency to regulate how the roadkill is actually salvaged.
But as to whether the measure would create a new weapon for hunters — the car — Jent said he doesn’t see that as plausible.
“We don’t have very many suicidal drivers,” Jent said.
The Senate voted 33-15 in favor of the measure. A final vote could be scheduled as early as Thursday.
Bullock didn’t have an immediate comment on the bill.
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