March 4, 2011
by David Miller
This is to bring to the trapper’s and other interested parties attention the existence of two worms that are found in numerous Furbearers in North America. There are two species, Dracunculus insignis and Dracunculus lutrae; both are referred to as North American Guinea Worms. These worms are nematodes (scientific designation) which simply mean they are a parasitic worm that are elongated & cylindrical in appearance.
This article is to inform you the trapper of several specific worm species (alike) that may be observed while pelting and fleshing. D. insignis and D. lutrae are not transmissible to man, and therefore, are not of public health significance. Read more