Can you eat mountain lions?

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “Can you eat mountain lions?”. We will also elaborate on the taste of lion meat, where we can find lions to hunt and what they eat.

Can you eat mountain lions?

Yes, you can eat mountain lions. Mountain lions have been hunted by hunters for a long time to eat. The meat tastes good when seasoned well. However, make sure to cook the meat of mountain lions thoroughly as it may contain Trichinella spiralis (a roundworm).

What does mountain lion meat taste like?

The meat of mountain lions has a taste similar to lean pork. The flavor of the meat is a little bit mild and is not very exciting. Due to this reason, the meat of mountain lions requires seasoning which you can adjust according to your own taste.

The texture is meaty and dense which has a resemblance to pork loins. To add moisture to the meat you could also soak the meat overnight in saline water.

How to cook a mountain lion streak?

Take a steak from the skinned mountain lion’s body. Choose from a variety of steak cuts, including strip steak, porterhouse steak, and filet strip.

Rinse the flesh properly in water, both inside and out, to remove any hair and excess blood. Wait 5 min for the mountain lion flesh to drain and discharge more blood, as well as to remove some of the gamey flavor.

Fill a cooking pot halfway with water and add the mountain lion steak. Boil the steak for thirty min before draining it and separating the brown film that has formed in the water. Return the meat to the boil, then drain after thirty min.

In a marinade of your preference, marinate the precooked mountain lion meat. The marinade serves to mask the meat’s gamey flavor. Sprinkle the meat with garlic powder and salt for a basic marinate.

put the steak In a pan with cooking oil, shortening, or bacon grease. Sear the mountain lion steak on all sides. To make sure the meat is fully done, cut into it. If there is any pinkish tint in the meat, proceed to boil it, as mountain lion meat is renowned for diseases caused by trichinosis, a roundworm infection.

Serve mountain lion meat after it has finished cooking and browning. Serve the steak alongside earthy green veggies like broccoli and green beans.

What are the dangers of eating mountain lions?

Mountain lions can be carriers of Trichinella spiralis, a roundworm that leads to trichinosis in humans upon consumption of infected meat. 

However, the contamination can easily be prevented by following proper hygiene; using clean knives and washing all the surfaces and utensils after processing wherever the meat has touched.

For further preventive measures, the meat of mountain lions should be kept in a freezer for a minimum of 21 days and should be cooked thoroughly to an internal temperature of a minimum of 165℉.

How to make mountain lion meat burgers?

Follow this recipe for tasty mountain lion burgers:

  • Servings: 6 burger patties
  • Preparation time: 15 mins
  • Cooking: To Temp (165℉)

Ingredients

  • One and a half pounds mountain lion backstrap
  • A half pound fat
  • Any seasonings as per your taste
  • Three jalapeno peppers
  • One  white onion
  • Two cloves of garlic
  • One egg
  • A half cup bread crumbs

Directions

  • Take the mountain lion meat from the refrigerator and assemble all of your ingredients.
  • Cut your meat into cubes as small as your grinder will handle.
  • Using the fine plate, blend the meat and fat together. Add the garlic cloves.
  • Add the diced onion and jalapenos to the freshly ground beef. Using hands, fold and combine the meat. 
  • Season with salt and black pepper, as well as any other ingredients you like. 
  • Mix in the egg and bread crumbs until thoroughly combined.
  • Make a quarter pound patty.
  • Cook the burger patties on the grill until they reach an internal temperature of 165℉.
  • Serve and enjoy!

What are Mountain Lions?

The mountain lion has different names such as Puma, catamount, cougar and panther. Mountain lions are considered one of the largest species of cats that belong to America. They are also termed large-sized cats. 

The body of a mountain lion is fully covered with fur which is tawny-beige in color. This fur covers the whole body parts of a mountain lion except for the chest and belly which is whitish-gray in color. 

Conclusion 

In this brief article, we have provided an answer to the question, “Can you eat mountain lions?”. We have also elaborated on the taste of lion meat, where we can find lions to hunt and what they eat.

References

https://www.nwf.org/Educational-Resources/Wildlife-Guide/Mammals/Mountain-Lion#:~:text=The%20mountain%20lion%E2%80%94also%20known,whitish%2Dgray%20belly%20and%20chest.
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