State Rep. Norine Hammond, R-Macomb, kind of expected the ribbing she would get when she sponsored House Bill 3178 which would allow Illinois hunters to pick up fur-bearing animals found dead on highways.
“There were a lot of laughs when I brought the so-called ‘roadkill’ bill before the Illinois House,” Hammond said.
The legislation was brought to Hammond by a retired conservation officer who saw it as a cost-saving measure that will clear up confusion in current law. The cost savings would come when those with a valid furbearer’s license stop and pick up freshly killed animals that can be sold to fur buyers. By clearing roads of dead animals, it would reduce the work crews must do on roadkill removal duty.
In addition, it would eliminate confusion about whether furbearers found along highways can be picked up.
HB 3178 has passed the Illinois House and awaits consideration in the Senate.