I was not advocating interacting with wild animals “carelessly”, as you put it; indeed, careless interaction with any species may be dangerous. I was trying to say that cultural stigma isn’t good for anyone involved, but maybe I wasn’t very clear. Why is deer not a good example? I am well aware of the diseases which white-tailed deer carry, and I would like to point out that cases of rabies in white-tailed deer, at least where I live, are extremely rare. Trichinellosis is primarily an issue in humans because of undercooked meat, and it is carried by domesticated animals. I have honestly not heard of plague in white-tailed deer as being a significant danger, and I haven’t heard of it being present in the eastern United States at all - if I am wrong about this, please let me know, I am genuinely interested in this. There are certainly far more prevalent diseases in livestock that affect humans: swine flu, avian flu, mad cow disease, etc., as well as those which you mentioned. Nothing in our world is truly “safe”, nor should it be; that isn’t how ecology works. I’m not trying to argue, I’m just pointing out that discriminating against interacting with wild species and consuming wild food isn’t fair to wild species or people who interact with them on a regular basis.