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Found 2 warbles so far this year in cottontail rabbits. A warble is the larva of a bot fly. The worm burrows under the skin of the host animal, grows and then drops out as a pupae.




A common parasite found in mammals from mice to moose.

The State of Michigan DNR says: "This parasite is of no public health significance and properly cooked meat from infected animals is safe to eat." see: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10370_12150_12220-26354--,00.html
 

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I thought they were just called cooties.

Can you eat warble guts?
Oh I am sure Goob has a recipe for them, maybe Warble Gut Marsala or something. :shock:
 
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Ugg. that's ugly!!
 

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That happened to me one time. I vowed never to hunt bunnies before the first freeze ever again. Still plenty of parasites even when it is cold.
 

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Just got this image in my head of Goob dumping a sack of botfly larvae into a popcorn popper, drizzling liquified ptarmigan fat over it and settling into a nice evening of popped warbles and an entire DVR filled with Fear Factor episodes where they have to eat bugs and entrails.
 
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