Roadkill Permits? Montana's Getting an App for That
To find dinner, hit the road; or the gas when you see an animal in the road
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2013 3:20 PM CDT
In this photo taken Jan. 4, 2012, a tractor-trailer rumbles by a roadkill raccoon.   (AP Photo/Jim Suhr)

(Newser) – Roadkill: It's what's for dinner in Montana—and now it's even legal, as a new law went into effect today allowing Montanans to harvest meat from animals who meet their untimely end on the road. As the AP reports, should you find yourself snacky on the roadside in Helena and in the presence of a recently deceased critter, it couldn't be easier: You simply swipe whatever looks tasty (nothing?), take it home, and print yourself a permit to give yourself permission to do all of the above.

But wait, there's more: Soon you won't even have to print out a permit, because the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks agency wants there to be an app for that. "With all the advances in technology, why not allow people to do that," says a spokesman; the agency is currently taking bids to develop the app. That's not to say your roadkill stew comes with zero strings attached: The state insists that if you take it, you eat it (as opposed to using it for bait, apparently) and that, well, you take everything. "We ask they remove the entrails, as well, to prevent further accidents with wildlife," says an official.

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Oct 16, 2013 2:55 PM CDT
It's unfortunate that a story about people using technology like apps and smartphones to help reduce the number of animals dying in vain from being struck by cars is immediately reduced to a crazy story about rednecks eating skunk off the road. I suppose the arrogance of "advanced" city slickers doesn't allow them to comprehend the fact that the rural population understands how to use technology and even puts it to use in a constructive way.
Oct 10, 2013 9:32 PM CDT
Mmm Mmm Nuttin like Granny's Home Cookin !!
Oct 10, 2013 4:12 PM CDT
ALRIGHT! I'm gonna move myself to Montana, and open me up a Roadkill Café... featuring... Center Line Bovine: (Tastes real good straight from the hood!) $7.95. The Chicken: (That didn't cross the road) $6.95. Flat Cat: (Served as a single or a stack) $1.95 ea. With "Wild Sides" (Still in the hide) such as these... Chunk of Skunk: $1.95. Smidgen of Pigeon: $1.95. Road Toad a la Mode: $1.65. Shake 'N' Bake Snake: $2.25. Wippoorwill on a Grill: $3.20. Rigor Mortise Tortoise: $6.75. And our Canine Cuisine will consist of... Slab of Lab: $2.95. Pit Bull Pot Pie: $3.95. Cocker Cutlets: $4.25. Shar-Pei Filet: $5.45. Poodles 'N' Noodles: $3.75. Round of Hound: $4,75. And as a special we will serve... "Guess That Mess": $3.95. If you can identify what it is that you're eating, it's FREE! (Moving to Montana...)