Only in New Jersey–Don’t Eat Squirrel More Than Twice a Week

Dateline: Toxic waste capital of the country. I don’t know what’s more disturbing–the lead or the fact that there are enough people eating squirrel to warrant this warning. Can you tell I’m not a hunter?

New Jersey Officials Urge Squirrel Eaters To Curb Diet
By Associated Press
TRENTON — Squirrel has never really caught on as a popular diet staple, and now New Jersey officials are adding another, quite serious reason to shy away from eating the woodland creatures: lead contamination.

New Jersey officials are warning hunters and residents near a toxic waste dump in the Ringwood area about consuming the animals, two months after a lead-contaminated squirrel was found in the area.

It is the first time the state has ever issued an advisory regarding squirrel consumption, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Senior Services, Tom Slater, said.

A letter sent Tuesday to Ringwood residents advised them that children should not eat squirrel more than once a month, pregnant women should limit their intake to twice a month, and adults should not eat squirrel more than twice a week.

Lead, which is harmful even in small amounts, can damage the nervous system, red blood cell production and the kidneys.

Ringwood is home to the Ramapough Mountain Indian Tribe, many of whom have hunted, fished and grown their own food in the area for years.


5 thoughts on “Only in New Jersey–Don’t Eat Squirrel More Than Twice a Week

  1. Laurie D. says:

    The squirrel pic is too cute!

    My hubby’s family is mostly in WV, where most anything w/fur or feathers is fair game for the dinner table. I kid you not. They all think it’s just right plum unique that I’m a vegetarian. I’m not really, but it makes for a good excuse.

  2. Seeley deBorn says:

    Mmmm. Nothing like lead to season vermin!

  3. Becka says:

    Is there even enough meat on the thing to justify the effort? lol

    A cornish game hen a squirrel is not.


  4. Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan says:

    OMG, I was going to blog about this! Considering I’ve always associated squirrels with rabies, lead poisoning just seems like the lesser of two evils.

  5. Jessy says:

    who could eat a cute little squirrel?

    I never thought of lead poisoning. I figure rabies is a bigger worry.


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