Mac & Mike's Pick: Illinois Roadkill Bill

By WEEK Producer

May 16, 2011 Updated May 16, 2011 at 10:39 PM CDT

The Illinois House and Senate have both approved a new roadkill bill.

It's on the Governor's desk... the bill....not the roadkill.

Illinois house bill 3178 would allow citizens to claim the carcasses of fur bearing mammals killed on the road -- during the hunting and trapping season for the animal-- as long as the citizen has the proper licenses and stamps.

So...we check in with Richard Withers, a tanner, about which animals to collect sell for their hides..

"I'd say the coons and the coyote are the gold mine and the red fox, I mean when you see a red fox, that's the best thing not to let go to waste, you know, it's just a beautiful animal that anybody would like to have."

And, he says raccoons can average between 10 and 40 dollars, if they're cleaned, scraped, stretched and dried.

In this weather--don't wait to long...and remember...it's not a law yet.

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