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