You can kill it, but you can’t grill it – yet.

Montana wildlife officials are reminding residents that it is not yet legal to salvage roadkill for the dinner table, and it won’t be until sometime next month.

Rules recently adopted by the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission must, by law, be approved by the Montana Secretary of State’s office. A permit system must also be approved and operational, since people must get a permit online or in person at a Fish, Wildlife and Parks office within 24 hours of salvaging a deer, elk, antelope or moose killed in a collision with a vehicle.

State Rep. Steve Lavin, R-Kalispell, drafted the bill that was signed into law earlier this year by Gov. Steve Bullock.

“If there is good stuff out there, why not use it, rather than throw it away?” Lavin told UPI. “If someone has suffered damage to their vehicle, why not let them use that animal for some food?”

FWP said in a news release that it will inform the public when the law takes full effect, and detail how to get a salvage permit and other requirements.

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