I salvaged and reported a deer hit by a car and it generated a form with all my information on it and a place for a signature, but it did not say what to do with the form. Do I turn it in somewhere locally? Do I mail it in?
I was wondering if it is legal for on duty law enforcement, fire, ems or other emergency responders to take roadkill?
Wildlife-vehicle collisions are a common occurrence in Idaho. The folks in Boundary County have taken some initiative to help reduce the danger from them.
Across the state, you can report road-killed animals to Idaho Fish and Game. We use the data to analyze problem areas for vehicle-wildlife collisions and work with groups such as in Boundary County. You can report wildlife collisions, or even salvage some species by starting here.
As you're travelling around the state in this winter season, don't forget to pay attention to wildlife on Idaho's highways and roads.
There has apparently been a noticeable increase in elk collisions in Blaine County. Read more here: http://www.mtexpress.com/index2.php?ID=2007149863#.UrSPbRxDt8E
Here's some advice we pulled from our files if you're travelling. Take a minute to review it.
Motorists: Slow Down and Watch For Wintering Wildlife
With deer and elk wintering along many of Idaho’s roads, Idaho Fish and Game encourages motorists to slow down and be on the lookout, especially during the dawn and dusk hours when wildlife is most active.
Motorists should also:
- Always wear your seat belt – it’s the law.
- Don't swerve or lose control of your vehicle. Try to brake as much as possible and stay on the roadway. You risk less injury by hitting the animal.
- If you see one animal cross the road, look for a second or third to follow.
- If you spot an animal ahead, slow down immediately and honk your horn.
- Pay attention to Wildlife Crossing caution signs. They are there for a good reason.
Big game and barn owls just don't stand a chance against speeding traffic. Legally speeding traffic, of course. The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) continues to work with Fish and Game in an effort to minimize the impact to wildlife... and your bumper.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
You can help! Report the road kill you see. We're interested in all road kill, any animal whether it's on highways, county roads, or city streets.
It's also legal to salvage road kill in Idaho. If you elect to salvage road kill, or just want to let us and ITD know where you've seen road kill, please fill out the form for salvage, or road kill in general, here: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill