STEVENS POINT – Motorists who kill deer in car crashes no longer need to contact local police to get a permit to keep game meat.
A new call center in the state’s Department of Natural Resources can issue permits at any time of the day or night. Previously, a motorist who wanted to keep a road-killed carcass would have to contact local police who then had to send an officer who would issue a permit before the animal could be removed from the site.
The law has changed to save drivers and officers time after crashes – especially important when officers may be busy with emergencies, Portage County Sheriff Mike Lukas said.
And there are a lot of accidents in Wisconsin – about 26,000 deer are killed by vehicles each year, according to the DNR.
Drivers should always contact police after accidents that have caused $ 1,000 or more in damage to a vehicle, Lukas said. Officers responding to these accidents will issue tags of deer killed by a car, according to the DNR. The system eliminates the need for an agent to respond for the sole purpose of providing a tag.
Drivers who need turkey or bear tags should always call the local police.
The new hotline will be open every day between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Outside of these hours, motorists can call and leave a voicemail message that includes their name, phone number, the county in which the carcass is located and the location of the accident using the nearest intersection or mile marker . The motorist can then take the carcass.
Tags must be issued within 24 hours of taking the deer to comply with the law.
MNR will issue the labels through a computer generated system and mail or email them to clients.
How to report a deer killed by a car
Call the MNR hotline at 608-267-7691 to obtain a tag for deer killed by a car. The line is busy between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Calls received outside of business hours will be routed to voicemail. Motorists can then leave the following places and take the deer:
â¢ Name, last name spelled out
â¢ Telephone number
â¢ County in which the deer carcass is located
â¢ Position of the carcass according to the intersection or the nearest kilometer post.
Number of cars killed
In 2011, according to the most recent data available, 26,114 deer were killed by cars and pulled from the roads, according to the state. This included:.
â¢ 610 in Marathon County
â¢ 364 in Portage County
â¢ 507 in Wood County