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how can i tell if cottontail rabbits are safe to eat how can i tell if cottontail rabbits are safe to eat?

Question by rabbithunter. Uploaded on April 02, 2009

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Same as with squirrels, wait until after the 3rd or 4th hard frost and all the parasites should be dead.

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Tularemia or rabbit fever can affect rabbits during any month of the year including the dead of winter. Parasites can also infest rabbits year round. One of the most common skin parasites the warbel ( aka wolf)does typically go away in late fall.

Rabbits found with warbels are safe to eat. To prevent possible contraction of rabbit fever, wear rubber gloves while dressing the rabbit and make sure to cook well done.

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from Christian Emter wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

If their fur looks healthy. If they arent missing alot they should be fine.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Listen to Beekeeper and Rabbitpolice.

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from steve182 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Sniff Test??...i don't know

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from Big O wrote 5 years 2 days ago

I too say listen to Beekeeper and Rabbitpolice, be safe Good luck and good hunting !

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Agreed with Beekeeper answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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from Janie Leady wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

do cottontail rabbits get rabbit fever

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Tularemia or rabbit fever can affect rabbits during any month of the year including the dead of winter. Parasites can also infest rabbits year round. One of the most common skin parasites the warbel ( aka wolf)does typically go away in late fall.

Rabbits found with warbels are safe to eat. To prevent possible contraction of rabbit fever, wear rubber gloves while dressing the rabbit and make sure to cook well done.

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Same as with squirrels, wait until after the 3rd or 4th hard frost and all the parasites should be dead.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Listen to Beekeeper and Rabbitpolice.

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from 2Poppa wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago
from Big O wrote 5 years 2 days ago

I too say listen to Beekeeper and Rabbitpolice, be safe Good luck and good hunting !

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from Christian Emter wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

If their fur looks healthy. If they arent missing alot they should be fine.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Agreed with Beekeeper answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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from steve182 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Sniff Test??...i don't know

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from Janie Leady wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

do cottontail rabbits get rabbit fever

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