CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department said on Monday that it is accepting public comment on draft regulations pertaining to the harvesting of road kill in the state.
Game and Fish said that the draft regulations “were written in close coordination with the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) for collecting road-killed deer, elk, antelope, moose, bison or wild turkey.”
The draft regulations would prohibit people from picking up carcasses from busy roadways, including Insterstates 25, 80 and 90. Harvesting would also be prohibited in active construction areas and within national parks. The rules would require people to use emergency flashers when harvesting road kill and would also ban field dressing on roadways.
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“Safety is a main concern,” said Game and Fish Law Enforcement Supervisor Mike Choma. “It can be dangerous to stop on a busy highway, so the drafted regulation includes a series of safety requirements that Game and Fish and WYDOT feel are essential.”
The draft rules also aim to limit the spread of disease. In order to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease, people harvesting road kill would be required to take the whole carcass, including edible and inedible portions. They would also be required to follow carcass transport and disposal procedures that also apply to hunters.
The draft rules also aim to prevent people from attempting to try to pass off poached animals as road kill.
“The proposed regulation addresses illegal taking of wildlife right up front,” Choma said. “The permission to collect road kill is only valid for unintentional motor vehicle collisions and no one is authorized to euthanize an injured animal under these regulations.”
“People who submit false information will be in violation.”
Game and Fish and WYDOT are working on a mobile application that would be used to authorize people to harvest road kill. There will also be an online option.
“An electronic authorization will be required for anyone who wants to collect a carcass,” Game and Fish said.
The full draft rules are available online and open for public comment on the Game and Fish website. Public comments will be accepted through September 234.
“A public meeting will be held in Casper at the Game and Fish office beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26,” Game and Fish add. “The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will be asked to approve the regulation at their November meeting in Riverton. Until approved and effective, no one is permitted to collect road-killed big game.”