Roadkill could become legal to eat in California


A proposed California state law would make it legal for residents to road kill. 

That’s right — Senate Bill 395 would allow people who accidentally hit and kill wild animals on California roads to recover the edible portions. 

It’s a recipe for unusual dinnertime conversation.

“You’re gonna get a lot of loss, so there’s not much you’re gonna get out of the animal after it’s been hit like that,” said Ian Higgs. 

Higgs is a custom butcher at Roseville Meats — a craft he has refined over a decade. 

He says you can’t harvest much edible meat from roadkill. 

The trauma from most deadly collisions makes the meat go bad. 

“You can’t eat dirt, you know and the thing is when it gets hit that hard, you’re gonna have a lot of tough meat.”

California is following more than 20 other states that have already made eating roadkill legal. 

UC Davis has maintained a website documenting roadkill incidents across California. 

In 10 years, the roadkill observation system has recorded 60,000 cases of roadkill collisions — most with deer. 

Now this effort to turn those wildlife collisions into a main course. 

Could “You kill it, you grill it” be coming to California? 

If passed, the law would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2021. 



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