Mountain Lion, Cougar, or Puma
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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The take season for BOTH male and female mountain lions in Units 70, 73, and 73A in the Southeast Region is closed effective Feb. 2. Want to know more about this or other closures in the region? Still want to train your dogs with a pursuit-only opportunity? Find out more here.
February 1, 2021 - 3:39 PM MST
Though encounters with mountain lions are typically rare, it seems there are always a few interactions with these big cats near homes and livestock in southeast Idaho communities each year—and that can raise concern with residents. To help reduce conflicts with mountain lions where you live, work, and play, there are a few things you can do.
February 1, 2021 - 2:29 PM MST
Hunters can now see proposed big game season proposal at idfg.idaho.gov/big-game and provide comments. The comment period deadline is Feb. 25. There will also be a series of virtual open house Feb. 16–25.