Fri Sep 30 12:39:00 MDT 2011
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds hunters that simple, common sense precautions are part of the safe and proper field dressing of big game.
"While the chance of contracting a disease from wild game is remote, it makes good sense to take a few simple precautions," said Ron Aasheim, a spokesman for FWP.
Here are some of the precautions that FWP recommends to hunters handling harvested game including waterfowl, game birds, deer and elk.
- Do not shoot, handle or consume any animal that is acting abnormally or that appears sick. Contact FWP if you see an animal that appears sick.
- Wear rubber gloves when field dressing any game animal.
- Bone out the meat from your deer or elk. Avoid sawing through bone when you can and avoid cutting through the brain or spinal cord (backbone).
- Minimize contact with animal hair, brain, intestines, fluids, spinal tissue and feces.
- Be mindful of domestic dogs touching or coming in contact with animal parts or feces as it can be contaminated and transmit parasites.
- Prevent dogs from eating the internal organs of game animals.
- If you have your wild meat commercially processed, ask to have your harvest processed individually, without the addition of meat from other animals.
- Wash hands and forearms after field dressing game animals.
- Cook all game meat until well done.