CHEYENNE -- Whether it's fresh or in rigor mortis, roadkill may soon be legal take-out for Wyomingites.

The state Senate gave early approval Thursday to legislation that would authorize the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to issue permits for ridding the road of wildlife that falls victim to automobiles. House Bill 144 now awaits the second of potentially three Senate votes. It already passed the House.

The bill allows permit holders to use the carcasses for whatever they desire: furs, racks, teeth or food.

“It’s first come, first serve,” said Rep. Dan Zwonitzer, R-Cheyenne, the bill’s sponsor.

Bighorn sheep and any federally protected animals can't be taken off the road, nor can any carcass in Yellowstone or Grand Teton national parks.

Jonathan Root is a legislative aide to Zwonitzer. Root pushed Zwonitzer to move the bill because he hates to see dead deer and antelope rot away on the side of the state’s roads and highways.

“I am a hunter who uses the motto 'waste not, want not,'” he said.

At least 14 states have laws that allow for the collection of roadkill. The Alaska Moose Federation delivers carcasses to more than 600 food banks, churches and families every year.

Root teamed with Cody High School’s Youth for Justice to get the bill — and the roadkill — off the ground.

Youth for Justice lobbied for the bill as a way to help feed the less fortunate.

The likelihood of an edible roadside carcass is slim, Zwonitzer said.

“But every now and again a moose or something may come along and it may hit them in the right spot in the head,” he said.

The bill would be more of a highway cleanup initiative, he said. Like collecting tin cans, said Sen. Bruce Burns, R-Sheridan.

Some lawmakers said citizens could use the deceased animals to feed their pets.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation and Game and Fish are currently responsible for removing the carcasses. In the northern part of the state, dead deer and antelope are common sights.

“If they didn’t pick them up every day, it would look like Gettysburg,” Burns said.

There is no language in the bill that specifies how many carcasses a permit holder can take per year.

“Hunting by vehicle” was the worry of Sen. Leland Christensen, R-Alta.

People could track a bison and wait until it gets on the road, get in their truck and try to run it over, he said.

“That’s a $2,500 tag,” he said, in reference to the cost of legally hunting a bison.

Game and Fish officials have encountered situations in which drivers tried to take big game with their cars instead of guns. Department officials have been able to detect whether the crashes have malicious intent, said Scott Talbott, agency director.

“Unless you’re a complete fool, it’s not worth the damage to your vehicle,” Burns said.

Any legislation has the opportunity for abuse, Root said.

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Hunter Green
Hunter Green

"“Hunting by vehicle” was the worry of Sen. Leland Christensen, R-Alta.

People could track a bison and wait until it gets on the road, get in their truck and try to run it over, he said.""

Wow! And this guy is in the Senate....just wow!

Sassy
Sassy

Hunter- He is a cop-- nothing more can be said

newtown
newtown

"hunting by vehicle" is a realistic consequence of the passage of this bill. I am all for folks using roadkill for their benefit but an worried of the misuse it could encourage.

Hunter Green
Hunter Green

If you are stupid enough to trash your vehicle for a roadkill you need help...serious help.

WyoJeff
WyoJeff

Newtown, I hope this passes just so you can attempt to bag a buffalo or even a good size Elk or deer road kill. Let me know what is cheaper, 1 bullet or the auto-body repair bill. LOL Does anybody have any common sense or even a brain anymore?

I find it funny, the government will allow us to eat road kill but we need protected from raw milk!

Hunter Green
Hunter Green

"I find it funny, the government will allow us to eat road kill but we need protected from raw milk!"

Good point WyoJeff!

newtown
newtown

Does it require a brain to know that I can do zero damage to my truck hitting an average doe mule deer at 40-45 mph? Take the blinders off Jeff.
Legitimate use is fine by me, but there are those who will abuse this. Bet a little Youtube search will net several sting operations where vehicles are use to poach. Try it.
You apparently don't understand human nature, Brainiac.

WyoJeff
WyoJeff

Like I said, I hope this passes just so you can give it a try. I would bet you might find it hard to get that stupid doe to stand in the middle of the road when you want it to. Then take your car and slam into it at 40 mph. Then go out and pick up the pieces of your grill and drive to the cheapest auto-repiar shop you know. Get a quote for the cost of the repair. Then go the that evil gun store and ask for the most expensive bullet they carry. Then come back and report which is cheaper. It is simple math, but we all know that is a challenge for libs like you.

The only idiots are going to HUNT deer with their car. I would aslo point out that doing so would fall under animal cruelty laws and would already be illegal. And as all libs know, making something illegal stop everyone from breaking the law.

newtown
newtown

http://www.kval.com/news/local/36061114.html

an example.

WyoJeff
WyoJeff

I don't even need to watch. my question is this, were they arrested for mis-use of the road kill law or under the already standing animal cruelty law? Did the state where this happen have a road kill law? is that what drove (pun intended) them to do it?

Come on, get some common sense. how many people are going to say, "I can't run over that deer because that might mis-use the road kill law?" If it is already illegal, how would this stupid law change things?

newtown
newtown

If you are incapable of seeing a correlation between the two the argument is pointless. You already have the answers even though you can be proven wrong repeatedly and you toot your horn about common sense. Case in point about human nature...

WyoJeff
WyoJeff

typical Lib. You want this law but because one or two stupid people MIGHT abuse this law, you don't want it passed. So maybe you should ask that the second amendment be taken away because some idiot MIGHT scream fire in a crowded theater. I mean come on it's human nature, right

newtown
newtown

"typical Lib. You want this law but because one or two stupid people MIGHT abuse this law, you don't want it passed. So maybe you should ask that the second amendment be taken away because some idiot MIGHT scream fire in a crowded theater. I mean come on it's human nature, right?"

I never said I didn't want it to pass I simply supported the concerns of the representative from Alta. Common sense, rational perception and digesting what you read instead of the way you fantasize it to read are all part of the problem. I will counter your "typical Lib" jab with typical derelict. Like carlover and children you stray off topic quickly once you realize you have nothing. This isn't a liberal/conservative argument. Unless only Liberals have concern for the abuse of wildlife, or how this bill might create undesirable side effects, or how this bill could jeopardize law enforcement being able to effectively perform their job?

newtown
newtown

You are obviously relating this to the gun control issue. A dangerous correlation. "People kill deer, trucks don't kill deer", kinda like "Guns don't kill people, people kill people" Am I on the right track?

I hope you can see that allowing a way to create an exception could cause unwanted consequences. Kind of like if you made it legal to take gunshot victims home to eat 8^p

There, I made an new argument we can go after. Until later, I got some raccoon to stew...

WyoJeff
WyoJeff

Well officer Newtown, I was just driving down the road and this deer jump in front of my truck. That is why I am taking it home. What? Oh yes sir. the road kill law. What? Uh, um, yes, I do realize this is the third time this week. Um, ah, No sir. I can't really explain why I drove off the road 30 ft into the ditch to hit this deer. Do I really need to explain that, officer Newtown? I mean all us idiots are exempt under the road kill law, right?

WyoJeff
WyoJeff

Ya betcha, I don spent $2000 on that dar grill guard. She is heavy wall carbin steal. I can run me down all da deer I find inda road. I mean come on, who would want ta just shoot da damn tings with a gun. I mean ifin I kilt me 20 deer, Id hafta buy me 20 bullets at moren a dollar a bullet. I mean, whokuda afford dat? sides, I can just tell da Police Iza just get me some road kills.

WyoJeff
WyoJeff

this is just too much fun!

quote from the story....

"Game and Fish officials have encountered situations in which drivers tried to take big game with their cars instead of guns. Department officials HAVE BEEN able to detect whether the crashes have malicious intent, said Scott Talbott, agency director.

“Unless you’re a COMPLETE FOOL, it’s not worth the damage to your vehicle,” Burns said."

newtown
newtown

So 30 seconds of searching made it clear that people will deliberately hit animals with their vehicle. Your first point easily proven wrong.
Now, close your eyes and imagine one of these idiots, hereafter refer to as Idiot, deliberately killing a deer, out of season:), with their vehicle. They load it up and proudly display it (because after all taking roadkill is perfectly legal) when Warden WyoJeff drives up. Idiot explains it was an accident and I'm just exercising my right to used roadkill. Warden WyoJeff cannot prove that it was deliberate even though there is no doubt it was and is forced to let Idiot go to hunt again.
I'm sorry this simple concept is lost on you. You allow people who have no respect for wildlife, the law (or anything for that matter) to excuse themselves for wrongdoing with idiotic excuses like "he just jumped out in front of me" you are opening the door for abuse.
I'm all for using roadkill for beneficial purposes but am still concerned about the "hunting" opportunities it could invite.
Should we continue?

newtown
newtown

Your point about shooting or running down has, many times, been proven wrong. People have and will continue to deliberately hit animals with vehicles. Who cares if they are complete fools, we already covered that.
Good one about being able to detect malicious crashes...absolute garbage. Do you expect every specimen of questionable intent to be investigated?
It is fun, WyoJeff, watching you argue against proven facts. Almost as much fun as trophy hunting with my truck!

WyoJeff
WyoJeff

I can just see Newtown at home bragging to his only friend. "You see that 4 pointer, I got him on Hyway 220. He is missing one antler but you can tell he was a fast sucker! See that buffalo there, I got him on I-25. He totalled my pick-up, but I got'em. You see, because of my mental history, I can not buy a gun, so this is the only way I can hunt big game," as Newtown noddes his head with pride. "I know I have the facts on my side," he says outloud. Then he thinks to himself, "and the road kill law!"

WyoJeff
WyoJeff

"Good one about being able to detect malicious crashes...absolute garbage" - Newtown's fact (hey he even has youtube to back him up.)

"Game and Fish officials have encountered situations in which drivers tried to take big game with their cars instead of guns. Department officials HAVE BEEN able to detect whether the crashes have malicious intent, said Scott Talbott, agency director." - Game and Fish agency director's fact

LOL Who do you believe?

newtown
newtown

Not about who you believe. It is about the resources involved in an investigation. The first time this is presented to a judge and opposition offers real reasonable doubt will probably be the last time they try.These concepts shouldn't be hard to grasp, I would hope you could think them up on your own.
Allowing righteous use of roadkill is a simple (and good) concept. It won't be that simple...

WyoJeff
WyoJeff

No, I am simply stating a fact. Anyone with a brain who wants to poach a deer, would rather use a gun rather than risk damaging a car or pick up. besides the car will damage much of the deer meat.

I think I might be willing to by a junker for you and Sen. Christensen to attempt to bag a buffalo on the road. Make sure you get up to 40 mph before hitting it. I'm sure that won't put a dent in the car though. we could video it and call it Wyoming's Dumb and Dumber.

newtown
newtown

again arguing for something that you have already been proven wrong on...

Sport could be as much of the motivation as the meat. The walleye guys have multiple tens of thousands of dollar invested in sport and many release their catch(not poking the walleye crew just saying!). Resurrect the highboy with a big home brew bumper and go have fun...

The motivation doesn't matter...who cares...it is simply opening the door to potential misguided bagging. Just because you feel the only fit method of poaching is by gun doesn't mean that is the only way.

Sassy
Sassy

I just opened a Auto Body Repair Service- Mention this ad and I will give you a 10% discount on your repair.

This offer only valid with "road kill" damage, proof of "roadkill" damage required for discount.

WyoJeff
WyoJeff

"They load it up and proudly display it (because after all taking roadkill is perfectly legal) when Warden WyoJeff drives up. Idiot explains it was an accident and I'm just exercising my right to used roadkill." Warden WyoJeff, take one look around then says put your hands on your head. Warden Jeff see the tire tracks from your pick up that are 30 ft off the road in the ditch just like your youtube example and the broken headlight on your truck. all the peices match your pick-up. He takes pictures of all the evidence and presents it in court. Judge finds you guilt of being stupid and you go away.

newtown
newtown

You don't have to be 30 ft off the road to deliberately hit an animal. Like arguing with a 3 year old.

WyoJeff
WyoJeff

I said, " 30 ft off the road in the ditch just like your youtube example." you read like a 3 year old.

newtown
newtown

alright you win Jeff,
The only way to poach is with a gun, and you have to drive 30 feet off the road to deliberately hit an animal, and there is no way that allowing roadkill to be utilized will invite any abuse of wildlife, and IF there was such a case it would easily be proven malicious in court. Eat up buddy,

deg
deg

I come from a state where they give ya road kill permits for people that hit animals, Ive even got a couple of deer that other people hit and it was a good thing in that state you don't see dead animals along the road like you do here, the ones that people don't take are giving to food banks, And the ones that people hit on purpose the cops figured it out it was done that way i think it's a good thing for out here to do

Pops
Pops

Roadkill snacking could foster a whole new product line of road trip dinning condiments for the discerning, Wyoming connoisseur. A whole new industry could spring up to boost our struggling economy. I visualize a slightly dry, asphalt merlotte to wash the road grime off the pallet... How about prong horn oyster singles? The potential is endless. Traffic delicacies from I-25 to a table near you. Bon-appetite.

Pops
Pops

I propose the first annual roadkill travel calender for the great state of Wyoming. All species could be dressed in polyester brown and gold to honor the University of Wyoming Booster Club.
All proceeds from the sale of the calendars could be used to finance the trash pick up of the many trucker pee bottles found along the interstate. They, in turn, could be used in the production and manufacture of recycled polyester, Just think of the boost it could give to our up and down Wyoming economy. This proposal has our great state branded all over it...

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