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Roadkill Grill? Feast On Street Meat At Vermont Festival

"Wild About Vermont" fest lets attendees savor animals killed on highways.

If you've ever spotted an animal carcass on the highway and wanted to know how it tasted, you're in luck: Hotel Vermont's "Wild About Vermont" festival is offering the opportunity for attendees to try selections straight from its roadkill grill.

The Burlington-based business will host the festival on Nov. 7, which will also accept wild fish and game donations from locals to serve to members of the community, reports WPTZ News Channel 5.

Attendees who pay the $75 fee will have the chance to try geese, deer, bear, moose and muskrat.

“The idea is to get people connected to their local food sources, but also to showcase the traditions of Vermont,” hotel chef Doug Paine told WPTZ.

More adventurous types may feel inspired to try a different selection. The festival will also supply three animals injured or killed on highways in the vicinity.

If the thought of eating a flattened animal makes you salivate, you're not alone. 

Many states have laws that allow people to eat roadkill provided they report the dead animals to the state or get a permit to keep them, according to a 2013 article from Modern Farmer.

PETA's website says roadkill is a healthier option than store bought meats pumped full of antibiotics, and is more ethical than eating animals killed in slaughterhouses.

Some experts disagree.

In a 2011 Food Safety News article, Deb Cherney of Cherney Microbiological Services, suggested roadkill may pose some risks

“When you’re a hunter, you control the scenario, it’s so very different than finding something and having to deal with the unknown questions,” she said.

With roadkill, it's hard to know whether the animal was healthy before it was hit, she said. If an animal walks around with open wounds, it could expose itself to pathogens that are harmful to humans.

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