Post by windwalker on Feb 24, 2006 20:22:33 GMT -5
Question. Rabbit Hunting in Oregon is rather good (no off season) however I have been told from several hunters (who work the alfalfa fields in central oregon) to avoid eating them because of Parasites and Diseases. Has anyone experienced any problems with any that they have caught? I am familiar with Tape Worms, and Tularemia. Are there any others that one has to look out for?
To quote the immortal words of Socrates "I drank What?" -Real Genius
WELL JUST SOME WORMS THATS ALL AND SOME KIND OF "PING PONG BALLS" IN SOME AREAS BUT THIS "PING PONG BALLS" ARE NOTHING BUT PARESITES AND IF U EAT THEM THEY WILL TRANSFER TO YOU SO JUST REMOVE THEM AND U CAN LET YOUR FALCON TO EAT THE REST OF THE PREY.
I think the "ping pong balls" are actually the bottfly sacks that some rabbits have. This year my eagle caught a male jack that was loaded with these big fluid filled sacks right under the skin of the rabbit. I am told that they don't bother the birds of prey and that the flies only can hatch by coming through the skin of the rabbit. It was pretty gross looking.
Rabbits do not really carry much but its best to keep the BOP away from the Intestines and some say the Brain but i do not think so. A freshly killed rabbit does not carry much to harm a BOP , maybe Worms but thats not fatal and is quite rare.
If there is one animal to watch out for is wild Rats or at the very very bottom FERREL PIGEONS. KEEP OFF THEM.....they are full of decease never let them go near the guts and especially the Head. I could name a whole list of fatal deceases they carry but 'Newcastle's Disease is the bad one virtually un-treatable unless you are very very quick and can read the signs.
WHEN THE 'EAGLES' ARE SILENT THE 'PARROTS' BEGIN TO JABBER! SIR W.CHURCHILL
Here in Québec we have had a few cases of Tularemia from rabbits and hares. This disease is supposed to be most frequently encountered in the USA than in Canada... It is a mortal pneumonia that you can catch just by manipulating a rabbit/hare, if you have a tiny wound on your hand you are done. It can also be caught by eating the meat, if not perfectly cooked. Usually the liver of diseased animals will be punctuated. The disease evolves quickly from a small cough to death. A man died from Tularemia in my town this year from a cat scratch, his cat hunted hares, and 2 men died 3 years ago from eating spaghetti sauce made with hare meat.