PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking hunters to report any oddities found in harvested animals to a wildlife health specialist at the Department.
Should a hunter kill an animal that does not appear to be normal to save the internal organs (and keep them cold in a sealable plastic bag), then call any of the department’s regional offices to schedule an analysis.
Hunters can also take several photos of the anomaly and email them to AZGFD veterinarian Anne Justice-Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Harvested wildlife can be the most ‘organic’ food out there, but occasionally they get sick and this sometimes results in a food safety issue,” Justice-Allen said. “The department has the resources to test animals with signs of disease for our customers.”