Got Roadkill? Now There’s an App for That

Many thanks to Record-breaking meat pricesA rising number of reports indicates that Americans could have to Reduce your intake of animal protein. Imagine if there was an app to help you find healthy, fresh and tasty meat close by.

Wyoming has a similar situation. The new Wyoming mobile phone app features “helps get the meat of animals killed in fender blowers from the road to the table and in turn makes roads safer for critters,” reports the Associated Press. reportedLast week. “State wildlife and highway officials rolled out the app—possibly the first of its kind in the U.S.—this winter when Wyoming joined the 30 or so states that allow people to collect roadkill for food.”

From my book from 2016 We should all eat from the hands that feed us: What smarter laws would make our food system more sustainable?I noticed that an increasing number of states were embracing roadkill harvesting. The harvesting of roadkill was allowed in 17 states. A subsequent column In 2017, more than half of the U.S. states had adopted roadkill laws. As last week’s AP report notes, that number has continued to grow, with at least 30 states now allowing the harvesting of roadkill—with Wyoming one of the latest to do so.

The state’s app facilitates legally harvesting animals—from bison to turkey and deer—that were accidentally killed on roadways. Wyoming’s roadkill may not be taken after the sun sets, on interstate highways.[,]AP explains.

This new app is not a separate roadkill tool. Instead, it is part of the state’s existing roadkill app. Approx. 511This app gives residents information about traffic and road conditions. The app works similarly to how apps like Google Maps or Waze do when it comes to reporting speed traps; it lets drivers who’ve hit an animal or noticed roadkill to geolocate and report the roadkill—even if they don’t plan to harvest the animal. Other apps users can also use the data to identify and harvest roadkill.

According to the AP, this Wyoming YouTube channel is also available. tutorial details, the state also uses the geotagging feature in the app to help identify problem areas—places in the state where large numbers of critters are succumbing to vehicles. Although roadkill harvesting is a good way to make roads safer for the immediate, it could also help reduce the risk of accidents in long term.

These benefits are not without their drawbacks. However, some people still object to eating and harvesting roadkill. Most of these arguments are easily disproven. In a 2019, I detailed this. ColumnSome people are afraid that the harvesting of roadkill could encourage motorists to deliberately run down their animals. The cost of a good rifle or hunting permit is much less than the price of replacing a vehicle that has been in an accident with an elk. What’s more, America’s streets are littered each year with Millions of carcasses from animals.

While other concerns appear similarly obtuse—such as the alleged risk of harvesting an animal that “It is possible that you are still alive“—one entirely real concern about harvesting roadkill is that the animal could sicken or kill the eater due to spoilage. Wyoming was slow to become a roadkill-legal state.

“In Wyoming, legislators introduced similar legislation in 2015 and 2017. However, the bills did not advance due to strong opposition by Wyoming’s Game and Fish Department,” NBC News reported 2019 However, there is a way to get around this. Steps people can take—ones that would be familiar to most hunters—to ensure the meat from a roadkill animal is likely safe to eat.

NThe way we find and eat food has changed dramatically thanks to iche apps. The past decade has seen mobile apps increase Americans’ fascination with everything. Food trucksYou can find more information here ForagingPlease see the following: Underground supper clubsYou can find more information here Combating food waste. Wyoming’s latest app, if successful and expands beyond its borders, could change the landscape of roadkill eating.