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Here is a link that might help clear up some of the confusion.  Just to add another view on harvesting rabbits, I too was taught not to take rabbits unless the month ended in “ber” so tales do get around.  It has since come to my attention the reason for this is the possible contraction of “rabbit fever”.  Basically a bacteria that can be present on the fur of many animals including rabbits of course.  I sense have made it a point to always clean my rabbits and squirrels with latex gloves and to check for fleas that might also bite me as well.  It is my understanding the rabbit fever is very treatable in humans but left untreated can lead to dire consequences.  But here is the link, that you might find helpful.

http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/publications/disease_emergence/Chapter5.pdf

Also here is an article on Bot fly larvae “wolf” worms that might help as well.
http://www.outdoorhub.com/how-to/2012/10/30/squirrel-bot-flies-fact-versus-fiction/

Happy hunting!