Confiscated wild game will go to food pantries for families in need

IDAHO (KMVT/KSVT) As hunting season continues, Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials confiscate or seize more fish and wildlife, due to violations during the holidays.

The department makes sure the confiscated meat does not go to waste.

Josh Royce, a regional conservation officer for the Magic Valley region, said the meat is donated to participating local food banks that help families in need.

The meat is properly processed and then distributed to the organizations, and those interested must qualify and sign a waiver of understanding that the meat is non-inspected wild game.

"It's not certified necessarily through the standard food safety practices and it releases the state of liability," Royce continued. "Just so everybody knows what they're dealing with, but it is clean, high quality, well taken care of meat."

Hunters can also donate their wild game meat to Idaho Hunters Feeding the Hungry, a non-profit organization that donates meats to food pantries across the state.

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