Bill description: HB 477 would codify a rule that allows drivers, who have struck wildlife with their vehicle, to salvage the meat for human consumption.
Does it transfer a function of the private sector to the government? Examples include government ownership or control of any providers of goods or services such as the Land Board's purchase of a self-storage facility, mandatory emissions testing, or pre-kindergarten. Conversely, does it eliminate a function of government or return a function of government to the private sector?
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game currently allows the salvage of accidental roadkill through the department’s administrative rules. This can only be done for unprotected wildlife, such as deer, elk, black bear, and others. HB 477 would codify these rules, while maintaining the requirements for obtaining a salvage permit, at no cost, within 72 hours, and notifying the department within 24 hours. This bill would also clarify that individuals can kill unprotected wildlife if the animal is severely injured, due to a vehicle accident, prior to salvaging the meat.
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