By Antone Clark
An Ogden lawmaker wants people to have the option of putting road kill on the family dinner table should they have a vehicular accident with a big-game animal.
Rep. Dixon Pitcher, R-Ogden, has opened a bill file to make it possible for drivers to keep a deer or other big-game animal they may run into with their vehicle.
State officials are gun-shy, however, fearing Pitcher's bill would open the door for more poaching.
Under existing law, people can only keep a deer or animal they have hit if they get a permit from the Division of Wildlife Resources. In most cases, the DWR also requires the antlers be cut off the animal and handed over for examination as part of that permit process.
Pitcher's bill would give the Utah Highway Patrol, the sheriff's department or other law enforcement officials the ability to issue a permit to someone involved in an accident with a big-game animal, if the driver shows an interest in keeping the road kill.
The permit would be free and would not come with the existing DWR paperwork requirements, Pitcher said.
It would allow the person to keep the antlers if desired and to process the meat. More....