Pronghorn

Health Issues Which May Affect This Animal

What Causes This Disease?

Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) is caused by a virus in the genus Orbivirus. There are two distinct types of EHD in North America, and about 16 types of BT. The virus is spread between susceptible animals by biting midges (Culicoides spp.).

Where Is The Disease Found?

EHD is found throughout North America from the southeast to the northwest. EHD and bluetongue have been documented in most areas of Idaho with large outbreaks in white-tailed deer in the Clearwater Region.

Signs of Disease

Clinical signs in infected deer include sluggishness, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the head, neck and tongue. Ulcers or erosions of the tongue or gums may be present. Internal lesions include swelling and fluid accumulation in the lungs, ulcers in the abomasum an d hemorrhages on the heart and intestines. Animals with chronic EHD can have abnormal hoof growth, hoof sloughing and sometimes are emaciated..

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What Causes This Disease?

Meningeal worm is a nematode parasite, Parelaphostrongylus tenuis.

Where Is The Disease Found?

Meningeal worm is found throughout eastern North America but is usually restricted to east of the 100th meridian. Meningeal worm has not been documented in Idaho.

Signs of Disease

In the normal host, white-tailed deer, and occasionally elk, the parasite causes no clinical disease. In most elk and other ruminants (domestic sheep and goats, mule deer, moose, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats), the abnormal migration of the L3 causes paresis of the limbs that can lead to paralysis and death.

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What Causes This Disease?

Several species of tapeworm produce cystercerci in the intermediate host. The most common in cervids is Taenia hydatigena, but other species including T. pissiformis and T. krabbei.

Where Is The Disease Found?

Tapeworm cystercerci are found in appropriate ruminant hosts across most of North America. They are commonly reported in ungulates in Idaho.

Signs of Disease

Cystercerci are usually small bladders, approximately 0.5-2 cm in diameter, containing fluid and a single larval tapeworm. The location of the cystercerci depends on the tapeworm species and the host species. Taenia hydatigena and T. pissiformis typically form cystercerci in the mesenteries or the liver. Taenia krabbei typically forms cystercerci in the skeletal muscle. There also may be white, star-like scars on the surface of the liver from the migration of larval tapeworms. Carnivores like wolves, coyotes and foxes are the definitive host of the adult tapeworms and usually appear healthy even though they may be infected with large numbers of tapeworms.

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News

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    Second controlled hunt draw results now online

    Hunters who applied in the second controlled hunt drawing for elk, deer, pronghorn, and fall black bear can check online to see whether they were successful in the recent computerized drawing.

    Results are available on Fish and Game’s website at http://idfg.idaho.gov/ch.

    Applicants can enter their hunting license number and follow simple steps to find out instantly if they were successful or not in the drawing. Traffic on the website may be heavy at times, so please be patient.

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    Super Hunt winners announced

    Winners in the second of two Idaho Super Hunt drawings have been picked.

    Of the 24,213 entries, 5,628 were for two deer tags, 7,647 were for two elk tags, 1,739 were for two pronghorn tags, 6,989 were for one moose tag, and 2,210 entries were for one Super Hunt Combo, which includes a tag for each of the four species.

    Super Hunt winners by species, number drawn and state were:

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    Enter now in second controlled hunt drawing

    Didn't draw a tag in the first round? It's not too late to apply for the second controlled hunt drawing for over 3,300 unclaimed tags.

    The application period for the second drawing for deer, elk, pronghorn and black bear controlled hunt tags runs from August 5 through August 15.

    A list of available tags by hunt number is available on Fish and Game’s website under the “In the Spotlight” section at https://idfg.idaho.gov

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    Blacks Creek Range extending hours starting Aug. 10

    Black's Creek Public Shooting Range (BCR) is extending its hours of operation to accommodate hunters eager to sight in their firearms for the fall hunting season.

    Beginning Thursday, August 10 through the remainder of the month, BCR will be open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Thursday through Monday. The range is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Please visit BCR, located just south of Boise at 2420 E Kuna-Mora Road, and enjoy an hour or a full day of shooting excitement at this safe, clean world-class facility.

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    Hunters still have chances for big game controlled hunt tags

    Hunters who were unsuccessful in the first drawing for big game controlled hunts in June have more chances with a second controlled hunt drawing and Super Hunts.

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    2017 second controlled hunt drawing list of available big game tags

    Over 3300 deer, elk, pronghorn and black bear controlled hunt tags will be available for hunters in the second controlled hunt drawing.

    Hunters can apply for these tags during the second controlled hunt drawing from August 5 through August 15.  Results of the drawing will be available around August 23. The available tags are listed below by species. 

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    Don’t forget to buy controlled hunt tags by August 1

    Big game hunters who were successful in drawing controlled hunt tags for deer, elk, pronghorn, and black bear have until midnight MDT, Tuesday, August 1 to buy their tags.

    Applicants can find out if they drew a tag by checking the controlled hunt drawing results on the Idaho Fish and Game web site at http://idfg.idaho.gov/CH.

    Postcards will be mailed to successful applicants by July 10. It is the responsibility of hunters to determine whether they were drawn. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.

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    Last chance for Super Hunt drawing

    Thursday, August 10 is the last day to enter this year's Super Hunt drawing and a chance at winning the hunt of a lifetime.

    Tags for two elk, two deer, two pronghorn hunts and one moose hunt will be drawn, as well as a "Super Hunt Combo" that will entitle the winner to hunt for all four species - elk, deer, pronghorn and moose.

  • Superhunt 2nd Chance

    Enter the 2nd Super Hunt Drawing!

    In 2015, Dawn Paynter won a Super Hunt elk tag.  This tag meant she was able to hunt elk in any open  hunt in the state.  

    “When I got the phone call, I couldn’t speak, and I had tears in my eyes,” Paynter said. “I knew I had endless opportunities to fill my tag and never doubted that I would harvest a large bull.”

Pronghorn

Antilocapra americana

IDAPA Classification: Big Game
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