Michigan Bill Would Make It Easier to Take Home Fresh Roadkill

PHOTO: Michigan lawmakers are trying to introduce a bill that would make taking roadkill home easier for drivers.Getty Images
Michigan lawmakers are trying to introduce a bill that would make taking roadkill home easier for drivers.

If Michigan lawmakers pass a new roadkill bill, they could give new meaning to the words "fast food."

Republican state Sens. Darwin Booher of Evart and John Pappageorge of Troy have introduced a bill that would allow motorists to take home the deer they dinged with their car without first informing authorities.

If the proposal is approved, motorists would be required to keep a written record of where they struck the animal. They'd then be allowed to take the roadkill home and obtain a free salvage tag from the Department of Natural Resources or local police at a later date.

Dean Molnar, assistant chief of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' law enforcement division, told ABCNews.com that his agency hadn't taken an official stance on the bill since a hearing has yet to take place.

While the Department of Natural Resources hands out the tags to local police for distribution, he said there was no official data on how many people take home roadkill the legal way.

"If somebody hits a deer, any law enforcement agency can issue a roadkill permit for that and then that person can legally possess it, or if they do not want it and another motorist comes by, then the law enforcement officer can give it to someone else," Molnar said.

Montana Bill Legalizes Roadkill Dining

The latest roadkill-friendly state, Montana, began issuing free permits last week to motorists wanting to take home a deer, elk, antelope or moose killed on the road.

State wildlife officials reported that 11 permits were issued in the first two days they became available, according to the Missoulian, proving that there's a demand for "meals under wheels."

Colorado, Illinois and Indiana are also among the states that allow motorists the privilege of keeping their roadkill under special circumstances.

ABC News' Liz Neporent contributed to this report.