Mountain Lion, Cougar, or Puma
Tuesday, March 5, is Big Game Measuring Day at the Southeast Regional Office of Idaho Fish and Game located at 1345 Barton Road in Pocatello.
Idaho Fish and Game's proposed changes for the 2019 & 2020 big game hunting seasons are now available online for public review and comment.
The proposals for deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion and gray wolf are listed by region and are available at: https://idfg.idaho.gov/rules/big-game/19-20-proposals. Only those seasons and hunts for which changes are proposed are listed. All others will remain the same as they were during the 2017 & 2018 hunting seasons.
Idaho Fish and Game's proposed changes for the 2019-20 big game hunting seasons are now available for public review and comment.
The proposals for deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion and gray wolf are listed by region and are available on Idaho Fish and Game's 2019-2020 Big Game Seasons Proposals page. Only those seasons and hunts for which changes are proposed are listed. All others will remain the same as they were during the 2018 hunting season.
Early on the morning of Jan. 30 a woman responded to what she thought was a fight between her dog and another dog outside of her Mackay home. As she pulled the two animals apart, she soon realized that in one of her hands she held a juvenile male mountain lion and not another dog as expected.
A local bobcat trapper contacted Fish and Game last Friday morning to report he'd caught a young mountain lion in one of his bobcat traps. Fish and Game responded to a remote area in Owyhee County later that day.
Idaho Fish and Game officials on Saturday, Jan. 26 dispatched a mountain lion that was spotted in a Ketchum subdivision after killing a dog. The six to seven-year-old, non-lactating female cat was tracked to a nearby area and dispatched for public safety.
“We euthanized the lion safely, quickly and humanely, in accordance with our protocol for lions that show habituation to humans or pets in residential areas,” Fish and Game’s Magic Valley Region Supervisor Craig White said.
The 2019 big game hunting season in Idaho’s southwest region is the focus of a series of open house meetings where hunters and other wildlife enthusiasts will have a chance to review and discuss big game season proposals with Fish and Game staff.
A complete list of statewide deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion and wolf hunt proposals will be available on the Fish and Game website (https://idfg.idaho.gov/rules/big-game/19-20-proposals) in late January and at both the McCall and Nampa regional offices.
Idaho Fish and Game wants to hear from hunters on proposed changes to deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion and wolf seasons for 2019-2020. Hunters are encouraged to attend open house meetings in Salmon and Challis to provide their comments.
Open houses will be held at the following:
The take season for mountain lion has closed in Game Management Units 70, 73, and 73A in southeast Idaho effective January 7, 2019. 2017-2018 Big Game Seasons and Rules states that the mountain lion take season is to be closed when 8 female mountain lions have been harvested. This harvest limit has been met. dog training season will remain open in these units through March 31, 2019.
Hunters will be allowed to keep mountain lions taken in Units 70, 73, and 73A prior to January 7, 2019, and must report them within 5 days of harvest.
Health Issues Which May Affect This Animal
What Causes This Disease?Trichinosis is a disease caused by a nematode parasite, Trichinella spiralis.
Where Is The Disease Found?Trichinosis occurs throughout North American and can be found in grizzly bears, polar bears, black bears, feral swine, mountain lions, wolverines, wolves, coyotes, and foxes. Trichinosis has been documented in black bears and mountain lions in Idaho. Trichinosis has been documented in humans associated with consuming home-made jerky made from a cougar and a black bear in Idaho.
Signs of DiseaseAnimals infected with trichinosis generally appear healthy. Trichinosis is hard to detect when butchering because there are few lesions and the cysts are very small. The cysts are most common in the muscles of the jaw, tongue, and diaphragm. Animals that are infected with adult worms may have swollen intestines with small bruises on the intestinal wall. Affected muscles and associated lymph nodes may be soft and swollen.
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