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'Roadkill for dinner' legalized in Montana: 'It's a sin to waste good meat'

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Echoing strains of the frugal warning, "Waste not, want not," because "It really is a sin to waste that good meat when there's no reason to, when it could be salvaged and somebody could use it," Montana Senator Larry Jent is happy roadkill has been legalized in his state.

On Saturday, August 17, 2013, the International Science Times reassured folks who might have doubts about how healthy a roadkill meal might be, legal or not. According to their source, Food Safety News, roadkill was as safe to eat as any hunter game. "With deer as road kill, one would want to consider risks that already exist in consuming venison, meaning chronic wasting disease, toxoplasmosis gondii, and other infections. Zoonoses are species specific, so other roadkill, say squirrel or raccoon, will have disease associations unique to their species." Now how reassuring was that information?

The Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks will still salvage the carcasses and a permit will still be needed if roadkill scavengers plan to scoop up any deer, elk, antelope or moose killed by vehicles. If it seems familiar, that may be because it's already legal in at least a dozen states, including New York, Colorado and West Virginia, according to The New York Times. Alaska collects, butchers and distributes roadkill to charities.

In Texas, thousands of animals are killed on their vast network of highways; however, according to Sports Day DFW, Texas is particularly unforgiving about enforcing their hunting laws that basically warn, "You can’t hunt from a public road, whether you’re hunting with a shotgun, a rifle or a Chevy."

Still, if a state allows it, there are plenty of cookbooks available to cook up "Yellow Lane Yummies." Recipes may include delicacies such as pavement possum, hushed puppies, windshield wabbits or highway hash. These menus are better known as redneck culture cuisine.

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