OLYMPIA — On April 8, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a measure allowing people to salvage deer or elk killed in motor vehicle accidents starting this July.

Salvaging and transporting a deer or elk accidentally killed by a motor vehicle collision won’t be allowed in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. These were excluded to avoid conflicts with federal protections for the area’s Columbian white-tailed deer.

A salvage permit must be obtained from the department within 24 hours of taking possession of the animal. Permits may be obtained on the department’s web site or at WDFW regional offices.

An individual may not kill an injured or wounded animal they encounter. Only a law enforcement officer or individuals or entities authorized by WDFW may euthanize an animal injured in a collision.

Other details will be provided as the new law takes effect.

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