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Oregonians will now be able to salvage roadkilled deer or elk, following certain regulations

(Image is Clickable Link) DAVID SCHOTT - Blacktail deer in Redmond, Washington.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, deer and elk struck by vehicles can be legally salvaged in Oregon using a free permit that will be available online.

The change in law was required after the passage of Senate Bill 372 during the 2017 Oregon State Legislative session.

Following are the key regulations to fol­low to legally salvage a roadkilled deer or elk:

- The free online permit application found at www.odfw.com/roadkill must be submitted within 24 hours of salvaging a deer or elk. (Note that completing an on­line permit is not allowed until the animal is actually salvaged as specific informa­tion about location, date and time of sal­vage is required.)

- Only deer and elk accidently struck by a vehicle may be salvaged and for human consumption of the meat only. Intentional­ly hitting a deer or elk remains unlawful.

- White-tailed deer may only be sal­vaged from Douglas County and east of the crest of the Cascade Mountains be­cause of the protected status for white-tailed deer in most of western Oregon.

- The entire carcass of the animal in­cluding gut piles must be removed from the road and road right of way during the salvage.

- Any person (not just the driver who struck the animal) may salvage a deer or elk killed by a vehicle.

- Only the driver of the vehicle that struck the animal may salvage an animal in cases where a deer or elk is injured and then humanely dispatched to alleviate suf­fering; law enforcement must also be im­mediately notified as required by state Statute (ORS 498.016).

- Antlers and head of all salvaged ani­mals must be surrendered to an ODFW of­fice within five business days of taking possession of the carcass; see office loca­tion list at www.odfw.com/roadkill and call ahead to schedule an appointment. (Tissue samples from the head will be tested as part of the state's surveillance program for Chronic Wasting Disease.)

- While antlers and heads must be sur­rendered, other parts such as the hide may be kept by the roadkill salvage per­mit holder.

- Any person who salvages a deer or elk will consume the meat at their own risk. ODFW/OSP will not perform game meat inspections for any deer or elk salvaged under the roadkill permit program.

- The state of Oregon is also not liable for any loss or damage arising from the re­covery, possession, use, transport or con­sumption of deer or elk salvaged.

- Sale of any part of the salvaged animal is prohibited, but transfer to another per­son will be allowed with a written record similar to transferring game meat.

The new rules apply only to deer and elk. It remains unlawful to salvage other game mammals including pronghorn ante­lope, bears and cougars.

Find out more at odfw.com/road­kill.


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