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Roadkill Salvage Permits

Roadkill Salvage Permit Form
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Beginning on January 1, 2019, salvaging deer and elk struck by vehicles is legal in Oregon as required by Senate Bill 372 during the 2017 Oregon State Legislature.

A free online application (available here) is required to receive your permit, and must be submitted within 24 hours of salvaging the deer or elk. Do not complete the online permit until you are actually salvaging an animal as specific information about location and time of salvage is required.

Below are the key regulations for salvaging roadkill when the law takes effect:

  • Only deer and elk accidently struck by a vehicle may be salvaged; white-tailed deer can only be salvaged from Douglas County and east of the crest of the Cascade Mountains because of the protected status for white-tailed deer in most of western Oregon.
  • The entire carcass of the animal including gut piles must be removed from the road and road right of way during the salvage.
  • Deer and elk accidentally stuck by a vehicle may be salvaged for human consumption only. Intentionally hitting a deer or elk in order to salvage it remains unlawful.
  • Any person (not just the driver who struck the animal) may salvage a deer or elk killed by a vehicle.
  • Only the driver of the vehicle that struck the animal may salvage an animal in cases where a deer or elk is struck, injured and then humanely dispatched to alleviate suffering; law enforcement must also be immediately notified as required by Oregon Revised Statute 498.016.
  • Antlers and head of all salvaged animals will need to be surrendered to an ODFW office within 5 business days of taking possession of the carcass; see location list below and call ahead to schedule appointment (Tissue samples from the head will be tested as part of the state’s surveillance program for Chronic Wasting Disease). Other animal parts, such as the hide, may be kept by the permitee.
  • A copy of the Roadkill Salvage Permit must accompany any part of a deer or elk salvaged and shall remain with such animal or part so long as the same is preserved.
  • Any person who salvages a deer or elk will consume the meat at their own risk. ODFW/OSP will not perform game meat inspections for any deer or elk salvaged under these rules.
  • The state of Oregon is also not liable for any loss or damage arising from the recovery, possession, use, transport or consumption of deer or elk salvaged.
  • Sale of any part of the salvaged animal is prohibited, but transfer to another person will be allowed with a written record similar to transferring game meat. Wildlife Transfer Record (pdf)

ODFW offices for check-in of salvaged animal heads – PLEASE CALL TO MAKE APPOINTMENT

LOCATION OFFICE ADDRESS PHONE
BAKER CITY 2995 Hughes Lane, Baker City, OR 97814 (541) 523-5832
BEND 61374 Parrell Road, Bend, OR 97702 (541) 388-6363
CENTRAL POINT 1495 Gregory Road, Central Point, OR 97502 (541) 826-8774
CHARLESTON 63538 Boat Basin Drive, PO Box 5003, Charleston, OR 97420 (541) 888-5515
CLACKAMAS 17330 SE Evelyn Street, Clackamas, OR 97015 (971) 673-6000
CORVALLIS (Adair office) 7118 NE Vandeberg Avenue, Corvallis, OR 97330-9446 (541) 757-4186
ENTERPRISE 65495 Alder Slope Road, Enterprise, OR 97828 (541) 426-3279
GOLD BEACH 29907 Airport Way, Gold Beach, OR 97444 (541) 247-7605
HEPPNER 54173 Hwy 74, Box 363, Heppner, OR 97836 (541) 676-5230
HINES 237 Hwy 20 South, PO Box 8, Hines, OR 97738 (541) 573-6582
JOHN DAY 305 N Canyon City Blvd. Canyon City, OR 97820 (541) 575-1167
KLAMATH FALLS 1850 Miller Island Road, West Klamath Falls, OR 97603 (541) 883-5732
LA GRANDE 107 20th Street, La Grande, OR 97850 (541) 963-2138
LAKEVIEW 18560 Roberta Rd, Lakeview, OR 97630 (541) 947-2950
NEWPORT 2040 SE Marine Science Drive Newport, OR 97365 (541) 867-4741
ONTARIO 3814 Clark Blvd., Ontario, OR 97914 (541) 889-6975
PENDLETON 73471 Mytinger Lane, Pendleton, OR 97801 (541) 276-2344
PRINEVILLE 2042 SE Paulina Highway Prineville, OR 97754 (541) 447-5111
ROSEBURG 4192 N Umpqua Hwy Roseburg, OR 97470 (541) 440-3353
SAUVIE ISLAND 18330 NW Sauvie Island Road Portland, OR 97231 (503) 621-3488
SPRINGFIELD 3150 East Main Street, Springfield, OR 97478 (541) 726-3515
SUMMER LAKE 53447 Hwy 31, Summer Lake, OR 97640 (541) 943-3324
THE DALLES 3701 West 13th, The Dalles, OR 97058 (541) 296-4628
TILLAMOOK 4907 3rd Street, Tillamook, OR 97141 (503) 842-2741

More about what to do if you hit an animal while driving

Vehicle-wildlife collisions are most common during the months of October and November due to reduced daylight hours and greater movement of wildlife (especially deer) at this time of year. This ODOT-OSP-ODFW news release has some tips on how to avoid collisions with wildlife.  

If you do hit and kill a large wild animal or see a dead one on the roadway, remove it to the side of the road if it is safe to do so.  If this can’t be done safely, call 911. Position your vehicle in a safe way and turn on your hazard flashing lights to warn other motorists.

ODOT or county road maintenance crews are responsible for disposing of animals hit on roadways.

Note that only deer, elk and unprotected animals may be salvaged from roadways. It remains unlawful to salvage cougar, bear, pronghorn, bighorn sheep or Rocky Mountain goat. Unprotected wildlife includes coyotes, skunks, nutria, opossum, badgers, porcupines, and weasels; licensed furtakers may also take roadkilled wildlife classified as furbearers (bobcat, gray and red fox, marten, muskrat/mink, raccoon, river otter, beaver) at certain times of the year; check regulations for those dates.

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