A. Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, the carcass of a big game animal that has been killed as a result of an accidental collision with a motor vehicle on a maintained road may be possessed and transported by the driver of the vehicle if the driver first obtains a big game salvage permit issued by a peace officer. A person may possess or transport the carcass or any part of the carcass of a big game animal killed as a result of an accidental collision with a motor vehicle only as provided by this section.
B. The department shall provide big game salvage permit forms to peace officers on request. The permit may be issued only in the name of the driver of the motor vehicle and is not transferable. The permit form shall require the following information:
1. The name and address of the motor vehicle driver.
2. A description of the big game animal that was killed.
3. The date of the collision.
4. The specific location of the collision.
5. A description of the motor vehicle.
6. The destination where the carcass will be transported.
7. The name of the peace officer who issued the permit.
C. The peace officer shall:
1. Complete all of the information required on the permit.
2. Give the original of the permit to the driver of the motor vehicle.
3. Mail a copy of the permit to the department within forty-eight hours after issuing the permit.
D. A peace officer may inspect the carcass and motor vehicle prior to issuing the permit. The carcass and motor vehicle are subject to inspection by a game ranger within twenty days after issuance of the permit. If the carcass has been processed or if the motor vehicle has been repaired, a game ranger may inspect the invoices or other documents recording the processing or repair.
E. A person who possesses the carcass of a big game animal pursuant to this section may place all or part of the carcass in storage pursuant to § 17-373 or may make a gift of the carcass or parts to another individual.
F. A permit issued under this section carries no representation or implication that any part of the carcass is edible. Neither the peace officer, the agency employing the peace officer nor the department is liable with respect to any use made of the carcass.
G. A person who possesses a carcass of a big game animal under authority of a big game salvage permit that was obtained by fraud is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor.
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