It is best not to handle live or dead wild birds. If you
cannot avoid handling a wild bird, wear protective gloves and use a doubled
plastic bag to dispose of it. Avoid contact with blood, body fluids, and feces
from the bird. After you handle the bird, be sure to wash your hands with soap
and warm water. You can follow the steps in
What should I do if I find a dead bird?
Follow these guidelines
for handling game meat:
Use safe food-handling practices, such as washing your hands
and keeping uncooked poultry and egg products separate from other foods.
Wash your hands well with soap and warm water before handling food
and after handling raw meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs.
meat all the way through until the inside temperature reaches
tools and work surfaces with hot, soapy water and a household cleaner.
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