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What is the new game salvage rule?

The new rule allows people to legally salvage deer and elk carcasses in the state, except for any deer killed by a motor vehicle collision in Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum counties. Nearly 20 states have adopted similar rules.

The rule is codified in WAC 232-12-287 - Possession of dead wildlife. It states:

- An individual must obtain a free salvage permit within 24 hours of taking possession of a deer or elk killed in a motor vehicle collision.

- The entire carcass, including entrails, of the animal must be removed from the road right-of-way.

- Individuals cannot kill an injured deer or elk they find in order to get a salvage permit. Only a law enforcement officer or individuals or entities authorized by the department may euthanize an animal injured in a motor vehicle collision and that deer or elk may be taken for salvage.

- Big game licenses and tags cannot be used in lieu of a salvage permit for deer or elk killed in a motor vehicle collision.

- Any meat an individual deems unfit for human consumption or unusable animal parts must be disposed of pursuant to WAC 246-203-121.

- Individuals salvaging and consuming this meat do so at their own risk. The department makes no guarantee as to the fitness for consumption of deer or elk collected under a salvage permit (see
Wild Game Meat Food Safety).

- Only elk can be salvaged in Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum counties.

- Possession of wildlife in violation of these rules is punishable under RCW 77.15.750.

Free, printable salvage permits can be obtained from the WDFW website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/game_salvaging/application.html.



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5th of October, 2016

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