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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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.
November 9, 2020 - 3:13 PM MST
Mountain lions are found all across Idaho in a wide range of habitats. In this month’s edition of Wildlife Express, learn about predators and prey, what to do if you encounter a mountain lion and more.
November 6, 2020 - 3:47 PM MST
September 22, 2020 - 4:25 PM MDT
August 25, 2020 - 5:27 PM MDT
Conservation Officers, the Priest River Police Department and a wildlife biologist from the Kalispel Tribe of Indians were able to track and kill the lion on Bonner County property west of Priest River High School.
August 24, 2020 - 3:45 PM MDT