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)
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(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. (Read more roadkill stories.)

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