BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Maybe a trip to the grocery store isn't necessary after all.
The Idaho Fish and Game has released details of new rules that have taken effect that allow people to recover, possess, sell and, yes, eat certain wildlife killed by accidental vehicle collisions.
Individuals who want to salvage road kill must notify the Idaho Department of Fish and Game within 24 hours either in person, by phone or by Internet to receive a salvage permit within 72 hours.
Game animals, including furbearers, may now be salvaged, as long as they died as a result of an accidental vehicle collision. The rule change only allows dead animals to be salvaged; it does not allow injured animals to be killed by passing motorists.
Anyone who gets the OK to eat a roadkill does so at his/her own risk.
For a complete list of animals that fall under the road kill guidelines and for a complete look at all the rules (and there are many), check out the Idaho Fish and Game website.