Road kill bill would make claiming animals simpler

Lawmakersd at the State Capitol in Lansing consider a bill that would ease rules on taking home "road kill"./NBC25 File Photo

Legislation under consideration at the State Capitol in Lansing would making it easier to take home road kill.

Republican Sen. Darwin Booher of Evart is sponsoring a bill to simplify the road kill claiming process and allow more people to keep dead animals for food, bait or pelts. It unanimously passed the Senate last month.

But the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the legislation would create a loophole for poachers and could particularly endanger wild turkeys. The department said it's working with lawmakers, and wants to require hunting licenses and species cap limits.

Booher says the legislation is "government getting out of the way of people using something that's already hit."

Environmental groups share concerns about poaching but are largely neutral on the bill.