A reflective Moose silhouette is meant to remind drivers of the wildlife inhabiting the area. A new law in Wyoming will allow the retrieval of some animals killed by cars. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

WYOMING — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) would like to remind the public that recovering road-killed wildlife requires authorization.

Collecting roadkill from select Wyoming roadways became legal in January of 2022. Now, people can request authorization to salvage deer, elk, antelope, moose, wild bison or wild turkey from unintentional vehicle collisions with wildlife. To collect roadkill people need approval from Game and Fish prior to collection through the Wyoming 511 app or the Game and Fish desktop application. Authorization can be done through the app even without cellular reception.

A person who is authorized to collect roadkill must abide by safety guidelines within the regulations:

  • Only take road-killed wildlife from a public road or highway from sunrise until sunset.
  • Parking off the road is required and emergency flashers must be used.
  • No field dressing of any kind is permitted on the roadway.
  • The whole animal must be taken and the inedible portions must be properly disposed of in an approved landfill.

Safety precautions prohibit people from picking up carcasses from extremely busy roadways, such as Interstates 25, 80 and 90. It also disallows collection in active construction areas and within national parks in Wyoming.

 To request authorization through the Wyoming 511 app, look for the “Report Roadkill” button on the home screen. The app will immediately send a certificate upon completing the questionnaire. Requestors must currently have or create a username and password with Game and Fish to gain authorization.

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Toby Koekkoek is a Community News Reporter, and a recent resident of Teton Valley. He enjoys writing about our region's community events and the movers and shakers that make up the culture of this unique mountain town. He enjoys deep powder, and deep thoughts, skateboarding, playing racquet sports, riding his bike, and nerding out on music. Toby also coaches freeride skiing for the Jackson Hole Ski Club and runs skateboard camps in the summer.