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"Road Kill" Bill Has Life In Capitol

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(WLNS) - A recent survey shows there were 50,000 deer-car crashes in Michigan and now a state senator is pushing a new law that would make it easier for motorists who hit those deer to take them home to eat.

It's called the Road Kill bill and 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick has the details.

They are everywhere and eventually some of them run into cars or vice versa.

In Ingham County there were just over 1,000 dead deer, Jackson had 1200, and 1000 each in Clinton and Eaton counties. And in Oakland county it cost $20,000 to remove 1500 dead deer there.

In Ingham County volunteers from the Dead Animal Response Team collect the animals which are sent to a landfill.

But an outstate senator has a better idea: let the motorist who hits the deer, take it home for dinner.

Under current law you have to contact the DNR to get a permit to take the animals home.

The senator's bill eliminates the red tape.

"If you hit a deer or animal you can posses that animal. you don't have to get a tag from the DNR. You want the deer you take the deer," says Sen. Darwin Booher.

The House and Senate recently sent the plan to the governor and there is no indication he will veto the bill.

Senator Booher reports his constituents back home gave him the idea and he's had lots of experience with this as well.

He says, "I personally have hit 11 deer since I've been a lawmaker. This is really from my constituents back home and my personal experience."

He says he eats all sorts of road kill including opossum, raccoons and, of course, deer.

So lawmakers may not have solved the road problem, but they're taking a bite out of the road kill problem.

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