Roadkill on menu for zoo’s carnivore exhibits

deer hunting

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Roadkill is part of the menu when it’s feeding time at a zoo in western New York

The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports that the Seneca Park Zoo has been feeding deer carcasses to its carnivores for years. The practice began after a zoo employee hit a deer on the way to work.

The zoo gets the deer after they’ve been hit by vehicles on Rochester-area roadways. But it won’t accept deer that have been dead for more than 10 hours. The zoo also accepts deer killed by bow hunters.

Veterinarians at the zoo inspect each carcass for diseases before approving it for feeding.

The zoo’s lions, tigers, wolves, hyenas, ocelots and snow leopards have received deer in the past.

A national zoos group approves of the practice for carnivore exhibits.

News 4 checked with the Buffalo Zoo, which says they do not use roadkill to feed their animals.

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