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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January 22, 2021 - 2:56 PM MST
Mountain lion take season closures have occurred in several southeast Idaho game management units over the last several weeks, with new orders again affecting Units 66A and 76.
January 15, 2021 - 1:21 PM MST
January 5, 2021 - 2:07 PM MST
Mountain lion take season for BOTH male and female lions is closed in Units 71, 72, and 74. Click on this article for information about all Southeast Region lion season closures now in effect.
December 28, 2020 - 2:33 PM MST
Mountain lion take season closures have occurred in several southeast Idaho game management units this month, with new closure orders now affecting units 70, 73, and 73A.
December 15, 2020 - 3:44 PM MST
Several mountain lion take seasons have closed in the Southeast Region this month. Find out which specific units have been affected and what other opportunities exist for lion hunters in southeast Idaho.
December 14, 2020 - 10:48 AM MST
The take season for male mountain lions has closed in Game Management Units 66A and 76 in southeast Idaho, but there are still some other opportunities for lion hunters in those units.