Harvesting Roadkill Is Now Legal in Montana -- But Only If You're Going to Eat It

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If you hit it, you can have it.
Hunting just got a whole lot easier in Montana, where it's now possible to print out a roadkill permit that gives you permission to harvest animals like deer, elk, antelopes, and moose for food if you hit them with your car.

And because that still might be too much work for some people, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks agency says it's also working on creating an app for roadkill permits.

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The new law not only makes it legal for drivers to harvest animals they accidentally kill with their cars, it also will allow drivers to print out permits to do so in the comfort of their own homes within 24 hours of the accident. It's also expected that the state agency will release an app for roadkill permits sometime in the future.

But there are a few rules when it comes to hunting with your car harvesting roadkill.

For one, you have to take the entire carcass, meaning you can't just cut out the good stuff and leave the rest of the animal on the side of the road. And you have to be actually eat the animal -- you can't use it for bait . . . or for whatever else you might have planned.

The idea behind the law was to eliminate the waste of more than 7,000 animals that were killed by vehicles in the state last year. Apparently, reservations about the safety of eating roadkill or about people intentionally running down more animals weren't enough to outweigh what lawmakers think will be good for their state.

All we're saying is that those moose had better look out.

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