Law now allows the dispatch of wild animals injured from a vehicle collision.
Before July 1, 2018, it was unlawful to dispatch animals injured from wildlife-vehicle collisions. Now, dispatch of specified animals injured in a vehicle collision is lawful, so long as other ordinances are not violated.
Questions and Answers
What wildlife can be salvaged or dispatched?
- Animal must have been struck by accidental vehicle collision
- Animal must be any of big game, upland game, upland game birds, furbearers, predatory wildlife, or unprotected wildlife See full list
What are the reporting requirements?
- Salvaged OR dispatched animals must be reported within 24-hours to Fish and Game
- Salvage permit must be obtained within 72-hours
- Report online or to a regional office by telephone
- If calling after hours it's important to leave your full name, phone number, address and location of the salvage so a permit may be mailed. If self-reporting a printable permit will be generated.
- All mandatory check requirements still apply
Do I have to dispatch injured wildlife?
A person is not mandated to conduct dispatch; this law is permissive.
What safety concerns should I consider?
- A person considering dispatching a struck animal must follow all other laws, such as not discharging a firearm from or across a public highway, respecting trespass laws, and other general firearms statutes, transportation laws, or other provisions such as a city ordinance prohibiting discharge within city limits.
- It is the responsibility of the person who dispatches the injured wildlife to do safely and not create an additional traffic hazard.