HELENA, Mont. — Montana officials want to make salvaging roadkill for the dinner table as easy as a mouse click.
State officials plan to let drivers who accidentally kill big game to print out permits at home that allow them to harvest the meat for food.
Later on, there will be an app for that, too.
A request for bids is being issued to develop a smartphone application for roadkill permits, said Ron Aasheim, spokesman for the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks agency.
“With all the advances in technology, why not allow people to do that,” he said.
State lawmakers earlier this year passed the bill allowing motorists to salvage the carcasses of deer, elk, moose and antelope struck by vehicles. They left it to the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks agency to sort out how to issue roadkill permits.
Wildlife commissioners approved regulations Thursday that allow people to go online for the permits. Spokesman Ron Aasheim says there are plans in the works for a smartphone application for permits, as well.
In Maryland and Virginia motorists who may be inclined to feast on a deer they killed with their car must also obtain a permit before departing with deceased animal.
Doubters stewed over whether drivers would intentionally gun their engines whenever they spotted an animal in the road.
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