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Rep. John Roth urges DNR to allow County Road Commissions to dispose of roadkill, clarify policies
RELEASE|May 5, 2023
Contact: John Roth

State Rep. John Roth today led a bipartisan group of legislators in urging Director Shannon Lott of the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to allow County Road Commissions to dispose of roadkill or provide greater clarity for how roadkill should be handled. As of now, it is unclear if County Road Commissions can dispose of roadkill and how best to do so.

“An elderly woman in my district had a roadkill deer land on her property,” Roth said. “After contacting her county road commission, she was told that the road commission was not allowed to move the deer, and to contact the DNR. After contacting the DNR, she was told to bury the deer in her yard or put it in a trash receptacle. As you can imagine, these tasks were nearly impossible for a woman in her 80s.”

The full letter, co-signed by 20 legislators coming from both sides of the aisle, is below:

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