Friday, October 11, 2013
The Montana legislature has passed a law allowing motorists to salvage deer, elk, moose and antelope struck by their vehicles. I guess this makes sense if you consider that the wild game are a public resource and the legislature is representing the public interest in assuring the meat will not be wasted. But. Each road-killed salvage will require a permit. The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved new regulations which have gone through public rule making, assuring drivers that the permits will be easy to obtain using a website and printing them out at home. Absurd. Is it expected that the driver will drive home, print out the permit and then drive back and pick up the carcass? Absurd. Montana is the 4th largest state with the 48th population density. There are miles and miles of roads in Montana (leading over some of the most beautiful scenery in America) on which to strike an elk. What public purpose is served by the application for and issuance of a permit? What bureaucratic cost will pertain? Why not allow the law to be self-implementing: issue clear terms and conditions and let the burden of compliance rest with the driver. Salvage for human consumption, whole carcass taken, no entrails left behind. Next we'll be suing Mother Nature for vehicle damage sustained in the collision.