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North Dakota's late mountain lion season in Zone 1 opens

The late season in Zone 1 is scheduled to run through March 31, 2023, or until the harvest limit is reached. The mountain lion season in Zone 2, which is the rest of the state outside Zone 1, has no harvest limit and is open through March 31

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Mountain lion.
Contributed / North Dakota Game and Fish Department
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BISMARCK – North Dakota’s early mountain lion season in Zone 1 closed Sunday, Nov. 20, and the late season, when hunters can pursue lions with dogs, now is open, the Game and Fish Department said Monday, Nov. 21.

During the early season, hunters took three 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 five mountain lions that were not taken.

While mountain lions have been spotted across North Dakota, the core of the population inhabits the Badlands of western North Dakota. Game and Fish first offered a hunting season in 2005.

The late season in Zone 1 is scheduled to run through March 31, 2023, or until the harvest limit is reached. The late season harvest limit is seven total lions or three female lions, whichever comes first.

Hunters are advised to check the status of the late season by visiting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov.

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North Dakota mountain lion zones. Contributed / North Dakota Game and Fish Department

Zone 1 includes land in western North Dakota south of N.D. Highway 1804 from the Montana border to the point where N.D. Highway 1804 lies directly across Lake Sakakawea from N.D. Highway 8, crossing Lake Sakakawea, then south along N.D. Highway 8 to ND Highway 200, then west on N.D. Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 85, then south on U.S. Highway 85 to the South Dakota border.

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The mountain lion season in Zone 2, which is the rest of the state outside Zone 1, has no harvest limit and is open through March 31, 2023.

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

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