Reporting John Ostapkovich
By John Ostapkovich
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Car versus deer collisions have been up in our region. If you’re in one in Pennsylvania you may have a responsibility to the Game Commission.
Deer collisions have risen about 11-percent in Pennsylvania and 34-percent in New Jersey over the past few years, according to Triple-A, which is urging safety during mating season.
Pennsylvania Game Commission spokesman Travis Lau says, as traumatic as a collision can be, for some folks, that’s good eatin’.
“We do allow Pennsylvanians to keep the meat from road kill deer as a way to use that resource rather than leave it rot by the side of the road.”
But if it’s a buck you’ve struck, you don’t get to keep it all. You’re supposed to surrender the head and antlers…
“If we had no way to account for road kill antlers we couldn’t rule out road kill as a possibility for illegally killed deer.”
Often, after a crash, the police call the Game Commission to take charge of the deer remains.