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VA, MD Law Allows Deer Killed on Roadway for Food

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This is breeding season for deer, hazardous for animal and motorist. If you strike and kill some wild animal with your car in Virginia or Maryland, you're allowed to bring it home and consume it. The law says you can keep the carcass, then process and use the meat for food.

"VDOT is responsible for picking up the carcasses and they do that on a daily basis, but we like it when somebody can make use of the meat," says Sgt. Hank Garner with the Virginia Department of Wildlife.

Following the accident you must request an animal kill tag from an investigating officer to keep and transport the carcass.

Motorist Andria George is ambivalent. "Well if it comes down to Bambi or an empty stomach, especially with the time we're going through now, that might be a good thing," says George.

Only the motorist whose vehicle strikes the animal is allowed to keep it.

Elliott Francis reports...

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