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Additional Diseases


  • Pus and bacteria-filled lumps found within animal tissues, usually during butchering
    • Most animals appear to be healthy
    • If there is only one abscess, trim away and discard affected meat
    • If multiple abscesses are found, it is safer not to eat the animal

NEVER cut into abscesses or eat meat containing abscesses


  • A rare and potentially fatal virus of wild mice
  • You may contract it by breathing virus carried on dust particles from mouse feces, dried urine or nesting materials
    • Rodent-proof your home or cabin
    • Avoid contact with rodents and their feces
    • Wear a protective mask when working in enclosed spaces where rodents live

Bird Flu (Avian Influenza)

  • Some forms of bird flu can be transmitted to people
  • Contact local health services for public health updates
  • Wild birds can carry bird flu but rarely get sick
  • Practice proper hygiene when butchering birds – wear gloves and wash hands

Avoid handling sick or dead wild birds

Filarial Worms (Dirofilaria)

  • Long, white and slender roundworms found under the skin of black bears
  • Black flies spread these worms to new hosts
  • Although rare, people bitten by an infected black fly can become ill
  • Worms in bears DO NOT infect people

Filarial worms may be seen during the butchering of bears – always cook bear meat