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Texas candidate sees roadkill as food, not waste

Published On: Feb 21 2014 12:36:43 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 21 2014 12:42:27 PM CST
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) -

A candidate for the Texas House is giving new meaning to the idea of roadside dining.

Rack of raccoon or smidgen of pigeon could be on the menu if legislators take up the call by Tink Nathan to allow motorists to collect and consume roadkill. It's currently a misdemeanor offense to gather it.

The suggestion by the 72-year-old Nathan sets him apart from the four other Republicans looking to succeed longtime District 53 state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran. The sprawling district extends northwest of San Antonio to the border.

Nathan said eating roadkill is legal in other states.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokesman Tom Harvey said the agency has no stance on the idea, but added, "There are obvious public health and safety issues."