CALIFORNIA - It will soon become legal for California drivers to take roadkill home and eat it coming in 2022.
Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a new law allowing drivers to salvage and eat roadkill. Senate Bill 395 requires that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife develop a program that would allow drivers who unintentionally fatally strike a deer, elk, antelope, or wild pig to take it home and cook it.
This would allow people who stumbled upon an animal carcass to keep it for food.
Previously, it was against the law for anyone but state and local agencies to remove an animal carcass from the road. Now the state joins approximately half the county in allowing drivers to harvest roadkill, according to The Sacramento Bee.
The department has until 2022 to develop a permitting program. It's estimated each year across California 20,000 deer are killed on California roadways, according to UC Davis Road Ecology Center.
With the new law, that alone could translate into hundreds of thousands of pounds of meat for hungry people.