(WWLP) – Massachusetts Environmental Police are reminding residents of the law after seizing approximately 100 pounds of moose meat in western Massachusetts.
According to environmental police, the meat was taken following a road kill incident. It has now been donated to a local organization.
Massachusetts Environmental Police and MassWildlife are the only entities in the state that can authorize the salvage of moose, bear, and deer.
In the event a deer is killed in a car accident, the driver may claim the remains for salvage as long as they are a Massachusetts resident. If the driver does not want to claim the animal, it may be released to a passenger in the car as long as they are a Massachusetts resident.
In either case, Massachusetts Environmental Police must be contacted right away. The accident must also be reported to the local police department or nearest state police barracks for logging purposes.
The unprocessed animal has to be presented within 24 hours for tagging at a MassWildlife office or by environmental police.
“This tag shall remain with the deer until there are no more usable parts of the deer,” police said. “No part of a salvaged deer shall be sold or bartered.”
To read the full law, click here.