Ohio, Montana take steps to simplify edible roadkill rules

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Thursday, October 17, 2013

A bill at the Ohio statehouse would expand the list of animals available for take and bake from the sides of roadways. Meanwhile, a new Montana law makes it easier to get permits necessary to harvest the meat.

Ohio law now permits drivers to carry off deer for consumption.

The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted on Tuesday, Oct. 15, to advance a bill that would lengthen the menu options for drivers in the state. Specifically, HB199 would add wild turkey, wild boar and feral hog to the list.

Drivers would be required to report the incident to a wildlife officer or other law enforcement officer within 24 hours. A certificate of legal ownership would then be provided.

A new law in Montana allows travelers to salvage deer, elk, moose and antelope struck by vehicles. Effective Oct. 1, people can go online and apply for a permit that allows them to harvest the meat. The permit can be printed from their own computers.

The process is intended to be complete within 24 hours of the crash. One permit per animal is required.

Drivers still have the option of bringing the carcass to an officer or a Fish, Wildlife and Parks office during regular business hours to get a permit.

Harvesting of roadkill is supported by PETA. The animal rights group notes on its website that “if people must eat animal carcasses, roadkill is a superior option.”

A statement reads that eating roadkill is healthier for the consumer and it is also more humane because animals run over by vehicles “did not suffer the trauma and misery of transportation in a crowded truck in all weather extremes.”

Another Ohio bill would simplify the process to renew driver’s licenses. Sponsored by Sen. Eric Kearney, D-Cincinnati, the bill would allow residents to renew their driver’s licenses online every other renewal period.

Ohio law requires drivers to renew their license every five years in person at a local Bureau of Motor Vehicles office.

Kearney said the option would serve as a convenience for people needing to renew their driver’s license.

“Additionally, it will help reduce the number of people who will have to wait in line at local BMV offices,” stated Kearney.

SB204 wouldn’t apply to drivers under 21.

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