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Hit an animal with your car? It's not legal to salvage the meat - yet

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ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Have you ever hit an animal with your car and thought about taking it home?

You might want to think twice before you do.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says there's a higher chance of hitting an animal with your car this time of year and you cannot take the meat home when you do - for now.

ODFW says it’s illegal to do that until 2019 - and they want to make sure you follow the law.

"Currently, it is still the law,” says ODFW’s Tod Lum. “You can't pick up animals to take home to eat so currently nothing has changed…just that people have heard that there's a law. Some people believe that it's already in place and they can do that. It's not the case."

Lum says you can be charged with unlawful possession of wildlife if you're caught salvaging meat from a deer or elk.

The new law, allowing you to take meat home, goes into effect in January of 2019.

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