Two New Publications on Mountain Lions


Wildlife Investigations Lab staff have recently coauthored and published two papers on mountain lions (puma concolor) in the April 2013 edition of the Journal of Wildlife Diseases.

In the article, Risk factors for exposure to feline pathogens in California mountain lions (Puma concolor) authors Foley, Swift, Fleer, Torres, Girard and Johnson investigate the challenge to mountain lion populations due to habitat loss and fragmentation and how these habitat impacts could enhance disease risk by increasing contact with domestic animals and by altering patterns of exposure to other wild felids. A serologic survey for feline pathogens in California mountain lions (Puma concolor) was performed using 490 samples from 45 counties collected from 1990 to 2008.

Read the article abstract at:

Journal of Wildlife Disease. April 2013 49:279-293; doi:10.7589/2012-08-206.

The paper titled Feline Infectious Peritonitis in a Mountain Lion (Puma concolor), California, USA, authors Stephenson, Swift, Moeller, Worth and Foley document the May 2010 case of a malnourished young adult male mountain lion Kern County, California, USA.  The mountain lion was euthanized because of concern for public safety, and a postmortem examination was performed. A PCR for coronavirus performed on kidney tissue was positive, confirming a diagnosis of Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). Although coronavirus infection has been documented in mountain lions by serology, this is the first confirmed report of FIP. The virus can attack many organ systems and causes a broad range of signs, commonly including weight loss and fever. Regardless of presentation, FIP is ultimately fatal and often presents a diagnostic challenge.

Read the article abstract at:

Journal of Wildlife Diseases. April 2013 49:408-412; doi:10.7589/2012-08-210

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