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Old 06-19-2012, 04:37 PM   #1
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A friend of mine killed a nuisance squirrel today and was planning on eating it. I told him all my life growing up I had heard (besides out of season) you weren't supposed to eat wild game in summer months like squirrel, rabbit, and deer because they get something called "wolves" in their meat.

That's obviously not the proper term for it, because I can't find any info via google.

Anyone know what I'm talking about, what they are really called, and if it's safe for him to eat it?
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A "wolve" or "worble" is a bot fly larvae / infestation in the squirrel. I can remember killing a squirrel and feeling a lump the size of a pencil eraser under his skin between the meat and the skin (did not go into the meat). my father told me that was a 'wolve" can't remember if we ate him or not...it's been about 35 years ago.
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Growing up I heard squirrel yes rabbit no. Squirrel will get the parasites but the rabbit can have a disease. I was taught that if you kill a rabbit in summer look at it's liver, if it has white spots do not eat it. Could be total horseshit but that's what I was taught.
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It's a bot fly larva, gets pretty big before it pops out in the fall. Cattle can get them as well. Looks really nasty, especially as they are getting near the time to come out. The larva is not in the meat but between the skin and the meat. When you dress the squirrel the larva will be removed with the skin. Won't hurt you but it would be hard to eat a squirrel with a couple of these on them.
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they live in cats also, ,our rule of thumb is rabbit has lumps throw it to the dogs, deer get em too
and squirrels,wait till after the first freeze up north to hunt em and eat em
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People can get them, too. Go to youtube and search for "bot fly removal"...if you dare.
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A deers nose is full of em
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We only took rabbits in months that had an "r" in it.
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i used to see them in sc as big as your thumb, would be coming out side like an alien
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