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Here’s how you can ‘claim’ a deer if you hit one in Mass.

A deer grazes on the lawn of the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Wash., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. (Michael Lopez/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin via AP) Michael Lopez / Walla Walla Union-Bulletin via AP

Here’s another Massachusetts law you may not know: Any resident can claim a deer if they hit and kill one with their motor vehicle, the Massachusetts Environmental Police remindedĀ in a Facebook post last week.

In the event a deer is killed by a motor vehicle collision, the operator (as long as they are a Massachusetts Resident)…

Posted by Massachusetts Environmental Police onĀ Monday, November 21, 2016

According to the post, the law states that if a Massachusetts resident kills a deer with their motor vehicle, they can can claim and take the remains of the deer. The resident then must call Massachusetts Environmental PoliceĀ and report the collision to police, and has 24 hours to present the deer for tagging.

No part of a salvaged deer can be sold or traded, according to the post.

Similar laws are found in several other states, such asĀ Idaho, Michigan, Montana, Oregon, andĀ Washington.

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