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Easy electronic authorization to harvest roadkill is coming to Wyoming

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A unanimous vote in the Wyoming legislature earlier this year on House Bill (HB) 95 means that the state’s requirement that a game monitor must first submit a mark before a resident can claim the extermination of a big game road will no longer be obligated.

Wyoming is treading through regulations for its new road kill system starting in 2022, which allows motorists to collect certain types of dead wildlife from non-interstate roads based on an application, not a tag.

The new rules have already cleared the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, with bison, deer, elk, hornbills, bananas and wild turkey on the residents’ roadkill list. The regulatory process in Wyoming requires a review of Fish and Fish Commission regulations by the legislature’s board of directors, the secretary of state, and the governor’s office.

Wyoming’s chief game controller Rick King says the new roadkill app works with the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s existing 511 system through electronic licensing of road harvesters. Cell phone coverage is not required to make the new app work.

Wyoming residents agree to harvest the entire carcass, not just the usable parts, by obtaining an electronic permit. A landfill or landfill should be used to dispose of unusable parts to control the spread of any diseases.

King said Fish and Wildlife is spending about $17,000 to develop the new system. That means residents can get electronic permission on the app and “go away,” he says.

King says it’s working “very nice” and won’t overburden the country.

The Fish and Wildlife Committee discussed whether there was a downside to the new system. “Do you anticipate problems with people taking their own van there just to hit one just so they are?” asked F&G Commissioner Mark Golovic.

This is already happening, King said, but it is “few and far between.” He said that Wyoming law gives statutes the power to prosecute to address such cases that may occur.

Roadkill is a state rights issue with 50 solutions. Roadkill harvesting is strictly prohibited in Texas and thousands of white-tailed deer and small mammals are plowed by Texas each year.

Alaska bans individuals from road killer harvesting, but two or more people can register to be called upon to collect moose, caribou, and other species that distribute road food to volunteer groups across the state through the Alaska Wildlife Troopers.

Selected Countries Where Deadly Roads can be legally harvested:

  • Alabama: It is permissible to harvest unprotected animals and game animals only during the open season.
  • Arizona: Large game animals may be collected with a permit.
  • Colorado: Permission required.
  • Georgia: native species can be harvested; The state should be notified about the black bears killed.
  • Idaho: Rescue time must be reported.
  • Illinois: A hunting or fishing license and/or an appropriate domicile stamp are required.
  • Indiana: Permission is required.
  • Maryland: Permission is required.
  • Massachusetts: The permit is required the destroyer must be submitted for state inspection.
  • Michigan: Deer and bear can be rescued with a permit.
  • Missouri: Permit required, custody agent must be contacted within 24 hours of receipt for authorization.
  • New York: A license or mark may be required depending on the species.
  • New Jersey: Deer can only be rescued with a permit.
  • North Dakota: Permission is required.
  • North Carolina: It must be registered over the phone by DNR staff.
  • Pennsylvania: The incident must be reported to the state game commission within 24 hours.
  • South Dakota: Appropriate notification and authorization required
  • Utah: Permit required to save unprotected species.
  • Vermont: Possession mark required for large game animals and warehouses
  • West Virginia: Must be reported within 12 hours of collection.
  • Wisconsin: It must be registered over the phone by DNR staff.

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