Signs and Portents: Cougar with odd head deformity shot near Weston, Idaho

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This Dec. 30, 2015, photo released by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), shows a deformed mountain lion with teeth growing out of its forehead. Biologists are trying to determine what caused the strange growth on the animal, which was legally killed by a hunter in southeast Idaho near the Utah border.

Idaho Fish and Game officials were left a little perplexed when a conservation officer sent photos of a mountain lion’s odd deformity to them last week.

The cougar was shot near Weston by an unidentified hunter and appears to have a separate set of teeth growing out of its head. It’s simply something Fish and Game biologists have never seen before.

There’s no clear consensus about what the abnormality is, but there are a few theories.

First, it could be a teratoma, a rare…

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