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A new year brings new opportunities. And for Oregon residents, 2019 brings the opportunity to salvage deer, elk, and other animals slaughtered by automobiles, as long as that animal was hit on accident and as long as you intend to eat the meat.
Oh, and you'll need a permit as well.
This Is Not Florida -- There Are Rules
Lest you think Oregonians can now drive about willy-nilly, scooping up roadkill left and right, the state Fish and Wildlife Commission (ODFW) set some pretty strict salvaging standards:
Roadkill -- It's What's for Dinner
There are also some restrictions regarding what species may be salvaged for your evening spread. The new statute only applies to deer, elk, and unprotected animals. So your cougars, bears, pronghorns, bighorn sheep, or Rocky Mountain goats are off the menu. What else can you salvage? Coyotes, skunks, nutria, opossum, badgers, porcupines, and weasels; along with bobcats, gray and red foxes, martens, muskrat/minks, raccoons, river otters, and beavers (as long as you're a licensed "furtaker" and it's the right time of the year). Oh, and white-tailed deer can only be salvaged from Douglas County and east of the crest of the Cascade Mountains because of the protected status for white-tailed deer in most of western Oregon.
So, happy salvaging, Oregonians! Just don't tell me how that elk sausage got made.