One North Dakota mountain lion season closes, conditional season set to open
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has announced that mountain lion hunting during the late season in zone 1 is closed immediately. The zone’s late-season quota was filled after the seventh cat was taken recently.
A conditional season in zone 1 will open March 21 for hunters to pursue the additional five mountain lions that were not taken during the early season. The zone 1 early season quota was eight, and only three were taken.
The conditional season will close March 31, 2017, or immediately once the fifth cat is taken. Early season regulations apply, which means hunters are not allowed to use dogs. In addition, hunters who harvested a lion during the early or late season are not eligible to participate.
Zone 1 includes land south of ND Highway 1804 from the Montana border to the point where ND Highway 1804 lies directly across Lake Sakakawea from ND Highway 8, crossing Lake Sakakawea then south along ND Highway 8 to ND Highway 200, then west on ND Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 85, then south on U.S. Highway 85 to the South Dakota border.
The mountain lion season in zone 2, which is the rest of the state outside zone 1, has no quota and is open through March 31, 2017.