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Winters are tough for squirrels because food is scarce. In one of the Carolinas, I can’t remember which, a wildlife conservationist has declared that today is a day dedicated to squirrels, just in honour of their feisty rodent-ness.
But perhaps to avoid them suffering, we could just eat them? You know, like they do on The Walking Dead.
One important caveat: be careful handling your squirrel — especially if you are skinning it yourself — because you could come down with a disease called tularemia, a rare but nasty infection according to Mayo Clinic, that is delivered via ticks if you are not careful about the way you prepare them.
Use gloves when handling your squirrel and cook them as you would rabbit, pigeons or chicken — they make a wonderful slow-cooker Brunswick stew, apparently.
For more information, see Rombauer and Rombauer-Becker’s The Joy of Cooking (Bobbs-Merrill, 1931).