Do yourself and others a favor; eat roadkill

That's what we're advised because, "...Eating Roadkill Makes Roads Safer for People and Animals."

Gag.

But that's serious advice, provided by the serious Pew.

Between 1 million and 2 million large animals are hit by vehicles every year in the United States in accidents that kill 200 people and cost nearly $8.4 billion in damages, according to estimates from the Federal Highway Administration.

Instead of wasting roadkill or mocking it as hillbilly cuisine, Idaho is tracking the carnage and allowing residents to salvage the carcasses to reduce the number of vehicle-animal collisions and feed hungry people.

For local readers, did you know that eating road kill is legal in Illinois. But you need license. You'll have to figure out for yourself where to apply.

Nate Lindskoog and his son Jett, 8, cook venison tacos in their Nampa, Idaho, home. The deer was killed by a car a year earlier. (The Pew Charitable Trusts)

Nate Lindskoog and his son Jett, 8, cook venison tacos in their Nampa, Idaho, home. The deer was killed by a car a year earlier.
(The Pew Charitable Trusts)

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  • Har!! There is a big difference between harvesting a deer that just was on the receiving end of your bumper and scraping squirrel pancakes off the asphalt.

    Concerning the former, I most assuredly have done that. As for the latter...no comment :)

  • Think of how many hungry could be fed by cooking a goose or two or a million that poop up every puddle in the state?

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