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Flattened fauna for dinner

    In my last article I briefly mentioned something about free meat. Well, now I want to fill you in on the rest of the story. Living as we do in God’s country it is not uncommon to see “flattened fauna” or “road kill” alongside the highways. Over the years we have all contributed to the collection. For many years I tried to keep up with the dead and make sure the good meat got used. It just became too much to keep up with. We had a Gleaner group that took a lot of the meat and distributed it within the county. I felt we could expand on that system and better serve more people and families if we had more local folks involved.

    The call went out and the response was just as I would have expected. We had enough folks that wished to be involved that we were able to start up two separate Salvage groups. I need to mention that the folks that are part of these Salvage crews are strictly volunteers. They spend their own money, time and effort to help those in the community that need it. They are the ones called at 2 am because one of us has hit a moose or an elk. They are the ones called when the train has hit several animals. They are the ones that are salvaging poached animals in unlikely locations. All this they do to help our community.

    These folks pick up and clean the animal. They salvage the useable meat and then they cut and wrap. They store this meat at their facilities and see to its distribution. These are some pretty amazing people and it has been one of the highlights of my Fish & Game career to be working with them. They have set up various ways to get this meat out to families via local churches and food banks. Another method is to call me direct at 266-1501. The only requirement to obtain some of this meat is legitimate need. So if you have a need or you know of someone who does don’t hesitate to give me a call. It would be a shame for the efforts of these folks to be wasted.

    Hasn’t this weather been a little weird? A little bit ago it was reminding us of spring. So much so that it totally confused a herd of Tundra Swans as they returned north a little too early. However they sure did this soul a lot of good seeing them. Anglers came out of the house and hit the Clark Fork River with mixed results. Boat anglers seem to be consistently hitting the smaller Macs (smoker size). Then winter reminded us it was still here. I immediately had to jump on the snowmobile and get into the hills. Man, that was fun!!

    Well I guess I should close for now. I have some honey-dos I need to work on before the 2x4 lands upside my head. Be careful, enjoy what we have and enjoy it with the family.                     JJ SCOTT     

 

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JJ Scott JJ Scott was a Fish & Game warden for the state of Idaho, now retired

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