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Deer using ID 21 underpass
Mule deer using the Highway 21 wildlife underpass Read story

Report Roadkill or Salvage

Reporting roadkill mortalities gives IDFG and ITD information to help prevent wildlife losses and make highways safer.

Salvaging? If you choose to salvage the animal, this form will generate the required CE-51 Wildlife Salvage permit.

In 2012, over 5,000 roadkill were reported in Idaho. For context, that is nearly three times the deer harvest in Unit 39. Idaho Fish and Game hopes that by monitoring highway mortality we can better understand and engineer roadways to avoid collisions.

What is wildlife salvage?

How do I salvage roadkill?

  • Before you claim any roadkill salvage, consider the safety of yourself and fellow travelers. Always abide by traffic and safety laws.
  • Did you find or accidentally strike and kill an animal legal for salvage? Pick it up.
  • You have 24 hours to notify Fish and Game, and 72 hours to obtain a salvage permit.
  • You may self-report online or phone our offices to report.
    If calling after hours it's important to leave your full name, phone number, address and location of the salvage so a permit may be mailed. If self-reporting a printable permit will be generated.
  • Salvage permits are free.
  • Persons salvaging and consuming this meat do so at their own risk.

What may I salvage?

Individuals may recover and keep wildlife species classified as upland birds, upland game animals, big game, furbearers, and predators that may be lawfully hunted or trapped that have been killed by accidental vehicle-collisions. Unprotected non-game wildlife are also legal for salvage. However, 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.

View List of Salvageable Species

Can I sell it?

You may 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.

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