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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Fish & Game Opposes Roadkill Bill

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has voted to oppose legislation from Representative Dick Harwood of Maries to allow Idaho residents with hunting or trapping licenses to salvage road-killed carcassesm which is now illegal. Road-killed animals are considered state property in Idaho.

A Fish and Game spokesman says the agency's concern is with the potential enforcement problems. For instance, someone could poach an animal and claim that they had found it as roadkill.

Harwood proposed the bill after a constituent said a valuable bobcat pelt went to waste after the animal was hit by a car near his home, and the state should’ve let him salvage it. Harwood’s bill is still pending in the House Resources Committee.

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