More information emerges on deformed mountain lion found in Eastern Idaho

(Preston, Idaho) - Last week, a picture surfaced of a mountain lion harvested in Eastern Idaho with a rare deformity. Since then, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has released more details on the incident. According to a release issued Friday, the young male mountain lion was legally harvested on December 30, 2015 in the Weston area about eight miles southwest of Preston, Idaho. The mountain lion had an unusual deformity—fully-formed teeth and what appears to be small whiskers were growing out of hard fur-covered tissue on the left side of the animal’s forehead. "Idaho Fish and Game cannot definitively explain why this abnormality developed on this mountain lion. It is possible that the teeth could be the remnants of a conjoined twin that died in the womb and was absorbed into the other fetus," said the Idaho Department of Fish And Game in a statement. "It is also possible that deformity was a teratoma tumor. These kinds of tumors are composed of tissue from which teeth, hair, and even fingers and toes can develop. They are rare in humans and animals. Biologists from the southeast region of Idaho Fish and Game have never seen anything like this particular deformity before." As required by law, the hunter reported the harvest of the mountain lion to Fish and Game, and a conservation officer checked the mountain lion-- a process that includes verifying the hunter has a valid hunting license and tag, recording information about the harvest location and method of take, recording information about the animal itself, and pulling a tooth for age analysis. The hunter is not required to turn the animal over to Fish and Game for further analysis. *Feature Photo: Photo of the Mountain Lion with the rare deformity. h/t Idaho Department of Fish and Game / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news