Bill description: HB 549 would codify a rule that allows drivers, who have struck wildlife with their vehicle, to salvage the meat and usable portions of the animal.
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. HB 549 would codify these rules, while maintaining the requirements that the driver obtain a salvage permit, at no cost, within 72 hours, and notifies the department within 24 hours. Drivers could only salvage the meat from a “big game animal, upland game animal, upland game bird, furbearing animal, predatory wildlife or unprotected wildlife.” HB 549 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 and other usable portions of the animal.
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