The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) with input from the Southeast Idaho Winter Feeding Advisory Committee (WFAC) has selected an additional 27 sites for baiting/feeding efforts in multiple counties in southeast Idaho. The total number of feed sites is now 89 (71 for deer, 16 for elk, and 2 for pronghorn). Over 100 volunteers are lending assistance to date.
Winter provides great opportunities to view Idaho wildlife, but it is very important to enjoy the view from a distance. Winter can be very stressful for wildlife, especially in winters like this when snow is deep or crusted.
The Charcoal Creek segment of the Boise River Wildlife Management Area is now closed to all public entry. This portion of land is located south and east of Lucky Peak Reservoir and north of the Blacks Creek Road.
Fish and Game Schedules Big Game Season Setting Meetings in Southeast Idaho
The southeast regional office of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is getting ready to discuss the proposals for the 2017 hunting seasons for big game.
To hear these proposals and for an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments, please join us at one of these scheduled meetings.
February 13: Preston– Larsen-Sant Library, 109 South 1st East
February 15: Soda Springs– Senior Center, 60 South Main Street
Idaho Fish and Game plans several open house meetings around the state during February to collect public comments on the 2017 and 2018 proposed seasons and rules for deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, gray wolf and mountain lion.
Interested individuals can visit with department personnel concerning the proposed seasons and provide their written comments by attending any of the below meetings.
After having a number of milder winters in a row, this year’s winter seems harsh, even though it is pretty typical for what used to be considered a normal winter.
After several mild winters in a row, this year’s winter above average precipitation and colder temperatures has felt a lot harsher for both people and wildlife. But while people can retreat to the warm comfort of a home, big game face the brunt of winter out in the elements as they have done for eons. As snowpacks build and frigid temperatures persist, Idaho Fish and Game starts fielding questions from concerned citizens about winter feeding of deer and elk.
A herd of 50 pronghorn antelope have been found dead in the town of Payette early Tuesday afternoon, victims of Japanese yew toxicity.
On Sunday, Jan. 15, ice anglers at Lake Walcott notified Fish and Game staff that about 500 pronghorn had attempted to cross the frozen reservoir.
Idaho Fish and Game places hundreds of collars on animals annually to track their survival, seasonal movements, and get more information about them. That means there are literally thousands of collared animals running around Idaho.
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 DiseaseClinical 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 DiseaseIn 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 DiseaseCystercerci 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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