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Thread: tularemia time!

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    Member homerdave's Avatar
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    Default tularemia time!

    some important FYI data

    Sick or dead hares this time of year are often infected with
    Tularemia. If your dog or cat plays with, picks up or kills the hare,
    it can become sick and they can transmit Tularemia back to you via
    it's saliva or the hares fluids/tissues.

    Do not touch sick or dead hares with your bare hands, use gloves or a plastic bag to remove it from the pets mouth.

    If is it is freshly dead, double bag it in plastic, keep it out of
    the sun and bring it to ADF&G within 1 day. If it is not fresh (it
    doesn't have fresh blood on it or it was laying there yesterday, has
    maggots or stinks) or they can't bring it in for testing promptly they
    should dispose of it, double bagged in the trash or buried where
    pets can't dig it up.

    If your pet becomes lethargic, sick, running a fever, see a
    veterinarian ASAP to get treatment with the appropriate antibiotics.

    If they or any family members develop a rash, enlarged lymph nodes,
    fever, flu-like symptoms, see a physician immediately for diagnosis and
    treatment. At least two people in Fairbanks last summer got Tularemia
    via a hare in their dogs mouth or the dogs saliva.

    This disease is bacterial and easily treated with antibiotics if
    caught early. Untreated, it can be fatal to you or your pet.

    If you see a sick hare that is still alive, keep children and pets
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    Default The R rule

    Where I grew up back east, there was a local bit of folk wisdom that said you only dig oysters in months that have an "R" in them. I kind of adopted it up here in regards to hares and tularemia, and generally avoid messing with them in the "non-r months."

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    Member Burke's Avatar
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    What if it has been dead for ages and is a completely dried skin, no meat or bones? Does is still carry? I would suspect not, but just curious?

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    Default Yup, they may have the fever

    And the annoying thing is that they are hopping all around my house and fearless as Marines. They seem to know they are invulnerable to the .22.

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    Gotta ask - Can you cook it out?


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    Eagle River

    Thumbs up Good topic...

    and good previous discussion in a good thread about rabbit meat, includes tularmia at:

    Contributed by RskyBiz in that thread, you can download a good brochure about eating rabbit in Alaska, pamphlet #FNH-00324 (last revised August 2008) from the Cooperative Extension service at:

    Tularemia in Alaska is sporadic, not so common - apparently 22 cases between 1972-1997. Descriptions of the Alaska cases are in these pubs:

    Or, go to State of Alaska Epidemiology website,, and search for tularemia.

    Good topic to educate ourselves about so we can enjoy rabbit safely with a few precautions; wear gloves, pay attention.

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    Yes, by cooking the meat thoroughly tularemia A.K.A. “Rabbit Fever” is destroyed. There are not many documented cases of Tularemia in Alaska due to the persistent cold climate. An infected rabbit usually dies in the winter. More importantly is the inspection and handling of the meat up to the point of cooking. When you remove the entrails check the liver for discolored spots, white or yellow. If you find such spots, leave it lay! Take notice of the rabbits behavior before taking the shot. A diseased rabbit will act abnormal is several ways ie; lethargic. I have hunted Hare year round in the Funny River area and have only found one rabbit to be odd in ten years.

    Speaking of Hare’s. Last night we had a fresh one. Cajun seasoned in buttermilk batter deep fried, mashed potatoes, handmade flour gravy and buttermilk biscuits with honey-butter. It was so good my wife wanted a second serving of Hare.


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