My girl (2 years old) just caught a rabbit - can I let her eat it? She's already chewed the ears off of it.
yes, it was a wild cottontail.I am assuming wild cottontail rabbit? A dog that caught an able bodied jackrabbit should have it mounted. Just kidding. They are speedier than most dogs.
When I was younger I hunted and ate wild rabbits occasionally. There was an old tale that after the first frost, they were safe to eat, no parasites. Because they are warm blooded, they can actually have internal parasites any time.
So you have to take it on a rabbit-by-rabbit basis, and you don‘t know if it is good meat until you dress it.
If they eat it fur and all, they might swallow fleas, other parasites in digestive tract. So I would take the trophy away.