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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