TWRA reminds public of roadkill harvest guidelines

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wants you to be aware of what you should do if you hit a deer with your vehicle. Officials say if you accidentally hit and kill a deer, you can keep the animal for personal use and consumption. But there are a few rules — you are required to notify the TWRA or other law enforcement agency within 48 hours. “What you have to remember is deer may be possessed when TWRA is contacted, but it is illegal to contact any threatened or state protected animal or any federally protected animal,” Capt. Brian Elkins with the TWRA said. TWRA officials say while it’s unlikely, there have been wrecks involving bears in West Tennessee. In that case, you can keep the bear only if wildlife officers are contacted directly and issue a permit for the bear.

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