Last week I found the rear half of a rabbit in my yard. It was probably eaten by a large bird of prey. The hind legs were untouched so I hung them to desiccate. One week later, they have not visibly rotted or attracted flies so I think the desiccation is going well. I will let them hang for another week to be sure they are completely dry.
The next step is to sanitize them so that they can be safely handled. I understand rabbits can have rabies, ticks, and other nasty pathogens. Most methods I know of, heating or soaking in bleach or hydrogen peroxide, would damage the specimens and liquid might not penetrate the flesh enough to be completely effective. An alternate approach is time: I could let the legs sit for perhaps six months. But I would rather not wait that long.
So how do I sanitize these legs in a reasonable amount of time (say, at most a couple weeks) while keeping them intact?