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No Cal. meals under wheels program just yet

I know you guys have written a bunch about people salvaging roadkill animals in Oregon, but what about California, where I live? I’ve heard it’s legal for us to pick up roadkill in 2020, but also heard that’s not exactly right. What gives?

— Mary, Yreka, Calif.

Well, Mary, it seems like there has been an immense amount of misinformation in California about just when you guys south of the border can start your version of a meals-under-wheels program.

California this past year passed the Wildlife Traffic Safety Act that eventually calls for allowing people to salvage roadkill meat from deer, elk, pronghorn and wild pig.

However, it does not permit the general public from doing so beginning Jan. 1, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The act authorizes the development of a program for allowing salvage of wild meat, but no such program is in place yet.

No program, no grille to grill roadkill.

CDFW has not projected when such a program, which will include mandatory reporting, will be in place for California.

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