Texas Parks and Wildlife says it does not want to get involved in state politics, but it is fairly certain that eating road kill is not good for you, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Tink Nathan, who owns Tink’s Deer Scent Company and a hunting video firm in Centerpoint is running for State Representative from the Hill Country and one of his campaign planks is to allow Texans to eat critters that they run over with their car.
"There are obvious public safety and health officials with people stopping on the road to harvest dead animals," TPWD spokesman Mike Cox told 1200 WOAI news. "They could be struck by other vehicles."
Nathan points out that eating road kill was legal in Texas until six years ago, and other states allow the practice.
Most of Nathan's campaign is more traditional Republican, including supporting tax cuts, second Amendment rights, and tort reform. But it is the road kill plank which has won him nationwide attention.
Nathan is running for the State Representative District 53 seat being vacated by Harvey Hilderbran, who is running for State Comptroller. The district runs from Medina County all the way to the Mexican border west of Junction.
But Cox says allowing motorists to stop on the highway and eat deer that their car has just hit is not a good idea from a safety or a culinary standpoint.
"Easting dead animals could result in serious health issues for anyone who did something like that," he said.