Oregon Joins The List of States To Legalize Harvesting Roadkill To Eat

Oh deer. This might be the perfect time for you to think twice on being oblivious about where your meat is sourced. Because the next thing you know, it might say “Harvested off Highway 18.”

This might be due to the fact that Oregon legislature unanimously passed a law which allows drivers to harvest the meat off deer, elk, turkey or any other wild animals colliding with their vehicle. Beginning in 2019, if motorists accidentally hit any wildlife, they must be issued a permit in order to harvest it’s meat.

Government officials state that the law was a deterrent to motorists who were illegally taking roadkill meat as a hunting method. In addition, all antlers must be surrendered to state officials.

While this may be an unusual practice in most states, Oregon is not the first to enact such a law, as Pennsylvania and Washington have already been a part of the list.

It seems that Oregon citizens and representatives alike have mixed feelings about the law, raising concerns on the questionable ethics of serving roadkill.  Coming from California, where there is not much roadkill, this news sounds like a hit-or-miss to me.


‘Roadkill Law’ Makes Harvesting Roadkill for Dinner Legal in Montana


A law will go into effect this month that makes it legal to harvest roadkill in Montana. The state’s legislation stems from the waste of over 7,000 animals killed by vehicles last year. Before you get too grossed out, the law focuses more on larger game such as deer and moose. Because that makes it better.

The new law would give drivers 24 hours to harvest the meat of animals they accidentally kill with their vehicles. Citizens will be required to complete an application online with the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks agency within 24 hours of the crash. Upon completion the driver will be able to print out a permit that gives them permission to claim the animal.

There are a few caveats to the law. The entire carcass must be taken, not just harvested on the side of the road for specific parts. The meat must also be eaten not used for bait. Opposers to the bill are concerned that this will encourage motorists to intentionally run down the animals in hopes of getting a free meal.

Another concern is whether or not it’s a health risk to consume roadkill.

Popularity is growing for the statute with many requesting an app to make it even more convenient for someone to harvest their accident in a more timely manner.

H/T HuffPo


This Man Lived Off a Roadkill Diet For 30 Years

Jonathan McGowan is a “naturalist” with a borderline over-the-top appreciation for going organic with his meats. Have you tried owl curry? Maybe a dish of rat stir fry? Don’t worry, this U.K. man has lived off this “roadkill diet” for 30 years and claims he doesn’t kill any of the animals himself.

When CNN asked why eat roadkill as opposed to restaurant food, he responded that the entire process is “totally organic” and that if he didn’t pick up this roadkill, “it would totally go to waste.”