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.
Read More About Trichinosis
December 12, 2019 - 10:58 AM MST
August 29, 2019 - 10:53 AM MDT
July 19, 2019 - 1:08 PM MDT
On July 18, Idaho Department of Fish and Game personnel removed a young male mountain lion from a public park in the small community of Banida in Franklin County. The mountain lion had been spooked out of some cover on an adjacent property by a landowner and his dog before it ran up a tree. The healthy mountain lion was tranquilized by Fish and Game and then released in a remote location in southeast Idaho the same day.
April 10, 2019 - 8:42 AM MDT
April 5, 2019 - 3:44 PM MDT