Wyoming is unique for many reasons, not the least of which is its interest in its wild animals. No other state is talking about the Grizzly Bears, wolf packs, or coyotes the way they do in Cowboy.
So it should come as no surprise that the state’s new program for people to collect kill-for-food methods will be followed closely. It probably won’t be as exciting as whether the Bear 399 will finally part with its now two-year-old cubs this spring, but the road killings won’t go unnoticed or reported.
One such early report details a doe crossing on U.S. Route 287 south of the lander early in the morning on President’s Day as Marta Casey hits the road for a day of snowboarding. She talks about trying to slow down her Subaru and get around a deer, but she had to accept a promise from a Wyoming soldier to shoot the injured animal.
About 30 states allow collecting kill-for-food methods, but only Cowboy State has an app for that. The application allows you to quickly claim the killing of deer, elk, moose, wild bison or wild turkey by selecting the animal and signing the rules for killing the roads.
Jaden Bales of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation claimed the doe was killed near Lander, who reported the incident to Casey, and used the app to claim it.
The newly enacted road killing system in Wyoming was approved last year by the Wyoming House of Representatives Legislature Bill 95, which passed unanimously. It replaces a system that requires the game controller to first provide a tag before the resident can claim a kill of the game’s wild path.
With an app, not a tag, the new state system is available on all non-interstate routes.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission is largely credited with the new rules, with the application running on the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s existing 511 system.
Wyoming’s chief game controller Rick King says the new roadkill app works with the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s existing 511 system through electronic licensing of road harvesters.
Cell phone coverage is not required to make the new app work.
By obtaining electronic permission, Wyoming residents agree to harvest the entire carcass, not just the usable parts. A landfill or landfill should be used to dispose of unusable parts to control the spread of any diseases.
King says he’s doing “very nice” and won’t overburden the country.
Collecting killer wildlife can be dangerous, so Wyoming’s Game Fish and Fish urges people to do it safely. “Never try to collect road kill if there is traffic on the highway, the department has prioritized your safety with highway collection rules,” she says, “remember:
- Roadkill cannot be collected on Interstate 25, Interstate 80, or Interstate 90.
- No one can collect road kill at night; It must be daylight.
- You cannot collect Kill Roads within building areas or national parks in Wyoming.
- Parking is required off the road and you must turn on your vehicle’s emergency lights.
- Field dressing is not allowed on the road.”
As for the app, here’s how Wyoming officials explained it in its February rollout:
- To get started, download the Wyoming 511 app from your device’s App Store. For those who already have a Wyoming 511 on their phone, the update may require users to reinstall the app to get the new features.
- To request authorization via Wyoming 511, look for the “Report Roadkill” button on the main screen of the application.
- After a series of questions about the carcass, if the species is available for collection at an authorized location, the user can ask for permission.
- The app sends a certificate immediately when you complete the survey. Applicants must currently own or create a username and password using Game and Fish to obtain permission.
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