Friday, December 24, 2010

We Had to Look It Up

Today's Boston Globe includes an article on people who "harvest" deer killed in accidents, and includes the statement "Massachusetts law requires that the driver of the car get first dibs on the deer." Really? Yes, really.
321 CMR 2.04 provides that an "eligible person" has a right to the deer. Eligible is defined as:
The driver of the motor vehicle which collided with a salvageable deer, or any passenger in such vehicle, provided that such person shall be domiciled in Massachusetts.
If there is no eligible person, then indeed the deer may go to "any approved organization or to any person domiciled in Massachusetts..."