Are there any diseases that I need to be worried about when eating squirrel?



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    This is a great question! I eat squirrel from my backyard all the time.  The arms are really tasty roasted right on the coals…But I digress.  Squirrels are not associated with any common animal diseases.  However their droppings do contain salmonella and leptospirosis, so be sure to wash you hands after processing and cook at a high temperature.  Tularemia is also carried by squirrels and rabbits.  However, this is usually only contagious through a bite.  Also, if you notice fleas you should dunk the squirrel in hot water or singe it before processing.

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