The wildlife collision salvage rule went into effect in Spring 2012. The rule allows for the legal salvage of some game animals killed by auto collisions:
By notifying the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game (IDFG) and completing reporting requirements, people can now:
- Recover and keep wildlife species classified as upland birds, upland game animals, big game, furbearers, unprotected wildlife, and predators that may be lawfully hunted or trapped that have been killed by accidental vehicle-collisions. A list of wildlife species that CAN be salvaged can be viewed by going online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill. Protected non-game wildlife, Threatened or Endangered species, migratory birds (which are federally protected), and other wildlife species not lawfully hunted or trapped may NOT be recovered, possessed, or salvaged.
- Purchase or sell wildlife parts, except the edible flesh, of wildlife species classified as big game, upland game, upland game birds, furbearers, or rattlesnakes that may be lawfully hunted or trapped that have been killed by accidental vehicle-collisions. Bighorn sheep cannot be purchased, bartered, or sold.
- Retain and consume the meat of wildlife species classified as big game, upland game animals, upland game birds, and furbearing animals which may be lawfully hunted or trapped, that have been killed by accidental vehicle-collisions. Persons salvaging and consuming this meat do so at their own risk.
You can learn more about it online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill
Specifically, you can follow these links for more information:
- What do the new roadkill/salvage rules allow?
- What are the reporting requirements? Do I need to contact Fish and Game to report any animal that I salvage?
- Can I salvage a road killed duck or hawk?
- Can I sell salvaged bighorn sheep heads?
- If an animal is not killed by a vehicle but injured during the collision can I dispatch it?
- Do I need to have a valid hunting license to salvage road kill?
- Do the new salvage rules only apply to road killed animals? What about other man caused mortalities such as crippling loss, train collisions, fence kills, and others?
- Can I stop on Interstate highways to retrieve or to salvage wildlife?
- Can I stop on highways to retrieve or to salvage wildlife?
- Can I eat the meat of an animal that I salvaged?
- Can I sell the meat of salvaged wildlife?
- Are there special reporting requirements for the sale of black bear and mountain lion parts?
- How much do road-kill salvage permits cost?