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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, July 28, 2010 7A CALIFORNIA OUTDOORS CARRIE WILSON California Department of Fish & Game How do you handle wild game safely to prevent trichinosis? Q: I have a question about trichinosis in wild game. I understand it's caused by a nematode-like worm that burrows into its host and is most commonly associated with pork (although it can be found in any game that eats meat, such as bear). But, how common is it? For pig hunters in California, is it something that we should look out for. and if so, how do we guard against it? A: You can be at risk for contracting trichinosis if you eat raw or undercooked meats, particularly bear, pork, wild feline (such as a cougar), fox, dog, wolf, horse, seal or walrus. The disease cannot be transferred to others as infec- tion occurs only by eating raw or undercooked meat containing trichinella wornls. According to Department of Fish and Game senior wildlife veterinarian Dr. Ben Gonzales of the Wildlife Investigations Laboratory, limited data related to pig hunting indicates that trichineUosis (trichinosis) is relatively uncommon in wild pigs in California. Gonzales said he personally still cooks all his pork domestic and wild-- to well done. The greater risk to human health from wild pig relates to food hygiene and care of the carcass. Here are some facts on trichinosis from the Centers for Disease Control and on how to prevent it. Hunters should practice good field dressing practices and cook all meat well. Cook meat products until the juices run clear or to an internal temperature of 170 degrees Fahrenheit. Freeze pork less than six inches thick for 20 days'at 5 degrees Fahrenheit to kill any worms. Cook wild game meat thoroughly. Freezing wild game meats, unlike freezing pork products, even for long periods of time, may not effectively kill all worms. Clean meat grinders thor- oughly if you prepare your own ground meats. Curing (salting), drying, smoking or microwaving meat does not consistently kill infective worms. DFG recommends hunters take the following precau- tions when field dressing and preparing wild pigs: Wear gloves when dressing out hogs and dispose of gloves properly. Avoid eating, drinking or smoking while doing so. Wear eye protection if there is risk of eye splashed with blood or other fluids. Wear coveralls over clothes or promptly change into fresh clothes after dressing animals. Wash hands and equip- ment thoroughly with hot, soapy water. Practice good handling and storage procedures with the meat. PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT We're Fighting For Our Logging Jobs... We're Fighting For Our Mill Jobs... Why Aren't We Fighting Keep Our Hospital Jobs? 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Am I biologist with a strong counties in California but are parasites/trichinosis//, allowed to still buy a fishing background of professional most common in the foothills license to go only ocean fish- experience working in both from the Central Coast re- Does each fisherman need fisheries and wildlife manage- gion to the western Sierra his own stringer? A: You will have to read ment. Nevada and into Humboldt Q: Does every licensed the terms of your probation An established and award- County. fisherman have to have their as ordered by the court, winning outdoor writer, Though widely distributed, own stringer to hold theirIf the judge ordered no fish- Carrie enjoys tackling the. hikers and other outdoors limit of fish? ing for 12 months, then the tough questions from the enthusiasts may still only A: California Fish and answer would be no. public and will be regularly catch a glimpse of one as it Game laws do not specifically If the judge said no abalone tapping into the expertise of bolts through brush, require each person to have fishing, other fishing may be DFG's game wardens and Anyone seeing a wild pig their own stringer, However, allowed, many fisheries, wildlife and that appears ill should report it is a violation to possess The ruling may differ by marine biologists to best cover it to DFG's Wildlife Investiga. more than your limit of courts, but if the case was all the topics. tions Lab at (916) 358-2790. fish. prosecuted in the Fort Bragg While she cannot personally "All types of wildlife carry If you allow others to share court, then according to Lt. answer everyone's questions, a host of other viruses and your stringer, make sure Dennis McKiver, it probably she will select a few to answer bacteria that can be trans- they remain with you at all calls for no fishing at all for in this column each week. mitted," said Gonzales. 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