A good friend of mine just picked his caribou at the processor this afternoon with the following information...
1.) lymph nodes of the animal were 2x the size of "normal" caribou.
2.) bones had numerous pinholes.
They said that they didn't know what it was but it could be cancer...and they didn't recommend he eat it, not sure why.
Gotta admit I've handled and processed a fair bit of game meat over the years and have seen various cysts and worms and old injuries but this is completely outside my realm of experience. We observed the animal for several hours before taking it and it acted "normal" as far as we could tell- no obvious injuries or ailments. The caribou did have a single antler...which is unusual but hardly grounds for chucking the whole critter.
Anybody ever heard of anything similar? Would the meat be safe to eat?