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Subject: Leeches and Anti-Clotting Agents

Personal experience has shown me that pulling leeches off is a poor choice. I have witnessed skin tears far worse than the leech puncture itself. The tears also bleed profusely, but much, much more than the leech nip.

On wilderness canoe trips or swimming at the lake I have found these methods work well:

Hopefully these might help others avoid the 'rip and tear'.

Jim Sangster