Early mountain lion season closes; late season opens

Early mountain lion season closes; late season opens

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North Dakota’s early mountain lion season has closed in Zone 1, and the late season is now open.

Hunters can pursue lions with dogs during the late season. 

During the early season, hunters killed six cats from a harvest limit of eight. Under the season structure, a conditional season could open five days after the late season closes, for hunters to pursue the additional two lions that were not taken during the early season.

The late season in Zone 1 opened Monday and is scheduled to run through March 31, or until the harvest limit is reached. The late season limit is seven total lions or three females, whichever comes first. Hunters are advised to check the status of the late season by visiting the state Game and Fish Department website, at gf.nd.gov.

Zone 1 essentially is west central and southwest North Dakota. The lion season in Zone 2, which is the rest of the state, has no harvest limit and is open through March 31.

The mountain lion season is open only to North Dakota residents. Hunters need a furbearer or combination license to participate. 

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