Illegal to take road kill

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Kevin Brennan, wildlife biologist for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, was called out last week to remove two deer killed on the Hill when vehicles hit them. But when he arrived at the scenes, both deer had been taken by unknown individuals.

Brennan said removing a road-kill deer is a citable offense. He said when he collects the deer, this gives him valuable information. He checks the teeth and takes tissue samples to collect data. “Otherwise, we’d have to catch and kill the deer to get that info,” Brennan said.

According to the DFW website, “No one, even a holder of a Scientific Collecting Permit, can pick up road kills, native bird feathers, or collect owl pellets or other animal parts without a SCP authorizing the salvage of dead amphibians, reptiles, birds, and/or mammals.”

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