As reports of mourning and Eurasian collared dove die offs in the Kuna area filter in to Fish and Game offices, forensic testing on several dead birds from the area has pinpointed the cause of death as pigeon paramyxovirus, a strain of paramyxovirus that is common to pigeons and doves.
Similar dove die offs were recently reported in the Idaho City area, while a large pigeon die off occurred during summer in Mountain Home due to a different strain of paramyxovirus.
The 2017 mourning dove, sandhill crane, and early Canada goose seasons open Friday, September 1.
The mourning dove season runs through October 30, with a daily bag limit of 15 and a possession limit of 45.
Eurasian collared-doves are an introduced species that have expanded their range into Idaho. There is no daily bag or possession limit for Eurasian collared-doves. They will not count as part of the aggregate bag limit of mourning doves as long as they are identifiable.
The 2016 mourning dove, sandhill crane, and early Canada goose seasons open Thursday, September 1.
Health Issues Which May Affect This Animal
What Causes This Disease?Trichomoniasis is caused by a protozoan parasite, Trichomonas gallinae.
Where Is The Disease Found?Trichomoniasis is found worldwide in pigeons and doves. The disease has been well documented in Idaho in doves and pigeons.
Signs of DiseaseTrichomoniasis causes large masses of exudate in the oral cavity, throat or crop of affected birds. The masses can be large enough that they obstruct the passage of food and the birds die of starvation. Trichomoniasis is usually seen in pigeons and doves in mid to late summer, especially in areas where large numbers of birds are being fed. The birds can eat, but the lesions do not allow the bird to pass food into the crop and gizzard. The food that is eaten is usually regurgitated and the contaminated food is then consumed by another bird which can then become infected with trichomoniasis.
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