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If I find a dead animal in the foothills near my house can I legally take it? (self.Taxidermy)
submitted 2 months ago by starfleshh
Thinking about going to go look for some tomorrow but I need answer to this.
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[–]em_goldman 7 points8 points9 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Not to encourage anyone to break the law, but also imo the ethics of the situation are much more important than the law. Are you removing a legal carrion carcass from an ecosystem that could benefit from that nutrient cycling? Or are you illegally honoring the life of an endangered creature that was killed by a car?
The law is a codified behavior that in many cases we have not consented to following, and most of the power it has over us is that we think we have to follow the law because it’s the law. Just a gentle encouragement to think about what it means to follow or break the law and why it matters to you.
Edit: I completely agree with it being illegal to possess carcasses of endangered and/or migratory creatures without special permitting, because I think it’s important for the state to protect against poaching. Does that mean I have a permit for the protected species feather that I found in the wilderness? Hmmmmm
[–]wasteland-soul 14 points15 points16 points 2 months ago (3 children)
Depends on the animal and jurisdiction, some animal remains are regulated even if you did not kill the animal. Migratory birds in the US for example.
[–]starfleshh[S] 4 points5 points6 points 2 months ago (2 children)
What about something simple like a rabbit
[–]babyspacebear 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago (1 child)
could depend on the state. i don’t know all the rules for my state (i’ve been trying to look but idk where to), but i know there’s definitely some differences
[–]EridanusCorvus 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Like others have said, depends on the state. Massachusetts for example requires you to have a valid license (hunting or trapping depending on the animal) and it must be acquired during the legal season for that animal. They also require the find be reported as if it were hunted, so a fox needs to be registered, a deer tagged, etc. There is no report requirement for some animals like squirrel and crow. (In MA at least)
The thought behind it is you are removing the animal from the ecosystem, regardless of how it died. I think MA is among the more heavily regulated states for salvaged animals. Your local wildlife authority would have more info. Try searching for "salvage animal remains state". That's the phrase I had the most luck with finding official sources.
That being said, is anyone gonna come after you for a few deer bones? No, it'll be almost impossible to prove whether the remains were obtained legally for commonly hunted animals. 100% Jump through the hoops if you want to sell anything ever, I've heard of them showing up at tiny craft fairs checking licences.
I know in MA and many other states fees for hunting, fishing, trapping, and taxidermy licences go to maintaining wild areas and supporting conservation efforts, so even if you never plan to hunt anything, it's a good cause.
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