Hog Hunting in Florida
Practice good sanitation when handling feral swine or raw feral swine meat,
they can carry a number of infectious organisms including bacteria and parasites
such as Brucella and Trichinella. To protect against these and other agents
- Avoid eating, drinking or using tobacco when field-dressing or handling
- Use latex or rubber gloves when handling the carcass or raw meat.
- Avoid direct contact with blood, reproductive organs and fecal matter.
Wearing long sleeves, eye protection and covering any scratches, open wounds
or lesions will help provide protection.
- Clean and disinfect knives, cleaning area, clothing and any other
exposed surfaces when finished.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
- Cook meat from these animals to 170º F or until juices run clear.
The safety regulations for handling feral or free-ranging swine are similar
to precautions recommended for handling wild birds:
Brucellosis and Hog Hunting brochure from CDC and USDA (2.3 MB PDF)
Other Helpful Resources from Florida Department of Health