MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin legislators are about to decide whether to let motorists keep the animals they kill on the road. They can already keep deer under certain conditions. Now, Assembly Democrat Ann Hraychuck of Balsam Lake wants to let drivers keep the bears, wild turkeys, and other animals they hit. The bill had a public hearing last week, and did not get any opposition. Insiders call it the “road kill equity bill.” The DNR says about 150 bears are killed by cars each year and warden Tom Van Haren says it would save time and money to let the drivers keep those animals. Right now, the state decides whether to keep them or sell them. Hraychuck says her bill would reduce waste by letting drivers keep the animals as meat or trophies. And if the drivers don’t want them, others could have them with authorities’ permission. Motorists could also keep smaller animals if they’re struck in an open session, and the drivers have hunting or trapping licenses.
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