Health Issues Which May Affect This Animal
What Causes This Disease?West Nile Virus (WNV) is caused by a mosquito transmitted virus (Arbovirus) that is carried by birds, especially magpies, crows and ravens. Other birds, mammals, reptiles, horses and humans can contract the virus through the bite of a WNV infected mosquito. West Nile virus has a complex lifecycle between certain birds and certain mosquito species. Some birds like crows, magpies, ravens, birds of prey, and sage grouse are highly susceptible to WNV and it is often fatal in these species.
Where Is The Disease Found?West Nile Virus is native to the northern parts of Africa, the Middle East and occasionally southern Europe. After introduction to North America in 1999, the virus spread to every state and most of the southern provinces of Canada. The first detection of WNV in Idaho was in 2003 and the disease has been reported annually ever since.
Signs of DiseaseSigns of WNV vary by depending on the species affected. Some birds carry the virus, remaining asymptomatic while some species are highly susceptible. Clinical signs can range from no reaction to the virus to mortality, especially in corvids (crows, ravens and magpies). Finding dead ravens, crows, magpies, and birds of prey may indicate WNV is present in an area. WNV has also affected sage grouse in some areas of Idaho and the intermountain west. Birds usually do not show any clinical signs when infected with WNV. Chickens can be infected with WNV and not become sick. However, natural disease due to the virus has been reported in domestic geese, ducks, pigeons and chickens.
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July 22, 2021 - 9:59 AM MDT
Hunters wanting to hunt sage grouse or sandhill cranes can buy tags starting at 10 a.m. MDT on Aug. 1, and both will be available in limited numbers on a first-come, first served basis. NOTE: Because Aug. 1 falls on a Sunday, Fish and Game offices will be closed on that day.
July 19, 2021 - 2:32 PM MDT
Sage grouse hunters will have to buy tags designated for specific areas for the 2021 season, and a total 1,950 tags will be available on a first-come, first served basis starting Aug. 1. Hunters must choose a single zone to hunt in, but the hunting season will extended by more than a month in some zones. Each hunter can buy up to two tags depending on the zone, but eight zones are limited to one tag per hunter.
June 2, 2021 - 2:25 PM MDT
Grouse hunters in Idaho need to be aware of changes to sage-grouse and sharp-tailed grouse requirements for the 2021 that require the purchase of a new tag for sage-grouse hunting and a separate permit just for sharptail hunters.
September 10, 2020 - 11:10 AM MDT
Chukar, gray partridge, quail and sage-grouse seasons open on Sept. 19. Here’s a brief summary of the upcoming seasons.
August 20, 2020 - 4:12 PM MDT
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Aug. 20 set the 2020 sage-grouse hunting seasons and rules.
July 27, 2020 - 3:17 PM MDT