During winter, deer, elk and other animals are congregated in lowlands known as “winter range,” which is often near towns and highways. Road kills are evidence of the toll that highways can take on wintering animals.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is encouraging motorists to be especially watchful for wildlife during winter, especially at night, or during morning and evening hours when animals are most active.
Anyone who encounters an animal that’s been hit by a vehicle is allowed to salvage some animals. People can salvage and keep wildlife classified as upland birds, upland game animals, big game, furbearers and predators that are lawfully hunted or trapped in the event that one of those animals has been accidentally killed by a vehicle.
A list of salvageable species can be found at idfg.idaho.gov/species/roadkill/salvage/list. Unprotected nongame wildlife are also legal for salvage. However, many animals are not.