this past season i got a fairly severe staff infection in a superficial cut from skinning a brown bear that had been into the dead fish pretty bad...claws, mouth, anus, fur, where covered in the gray version of dead salmon...it was a float hunt, the rivers where abnormally high, and the bears where cleaning up the old dog salmon in the middle of the sockeye run...he was nasty. i wanna know if i got it from the bear, or the fish. anyone got ideas? it started small, grew visibly daily and it got to the point i was circleing the infection with a sharpie to see how far it spread every day...amoxicyllan (or however you spell that) killed it in the end, but the infection was visibly running in red streaks up my arm...my boss and others i've heard have had similiar infections with skinning caribou and having cuts on there hands, and i've always heard the rumors of "bear hands" just wondering if anyone has done research, or has any better info on the cause. i'm kinda thinking it was more from the fish...hard to imagine if bears where the culprit why the zillion other cuts i've had while skinning bears havent been infected...but then i'm no doctor. i know it was scarry watching the infection creep closer to the top of my arm, though it never broke past my forearm, it was still enough to get a guy to wondering...my boss was pretty quick in getting me some antibiotics, and was pretty concerned as he had an even more severe case with a caribou a few years back...like he almost didnt make it to the hospital in time close. i'd always heard that staff can kill you if it breaks your shoulder and gets into the bloodstream and into your heart...ideas anyone?