Posted By rthomas4 on 09 Aug 2012 07:20 PM
Has everyone participated on the poll on the home page about eating roadkill? From the results, I guess most people wouldn't salvage a deer killed by their automobile. I can assure everyone, if I were to hit and kill a deer with my truck I'd load it into the back before calling the wrecker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I worked for the Colorado Dept of Highways for a couple of years. We took care of over 45 miles of roads over between Kremmling and Steamboat Springs. We salvaged a lot of roadkills. Since we maintained and plowed the road, we drove it several times a day. So we knew when we saw a roadkill how long it had been there. In the summer they were hard to salvage because the heat often got them before we did.
But, in the winter we field dressed the ones that weren't torn up too bad and let the game warden know where they were. He picked them up and gave them to the needy. If I wanted one for myself I'd dress it and take it home and he would drop off a carcass permit at our maintenance shed to make the carcass legal. We all used state radios so it was easy to arrange for keeping one if I wanted or needed it. Benefits of the job you could say.
I'd guess all in all we salvaged at least 75 or so deer and about a dozen elk a year. I usually took a couple deer or an elk for me and my wife. Free meat is hard to beat. Got a roadkill mountain lion once too. The warden took that one and they donated the skin to one of the local school's science dept. Colorado didn't want the game to go to waste. Not sure if all states do this but I know Colorado does.