Hunters shot six mountain lions from a harvest limit of eight during the early mountain lion season in Zone 1 of southwest North Dakota, the Game and Fish Department reported Monday.

The early season closed Sunday, Nov. 24, and the late season, when hunters can pursue lions with dogs, is now open.

Under the season structure, a conditional season could open five days after the late season closes, for hunters to pursue the additional two mountain lions that were not taken during the early season. The late season in Zone 1 opened Monday, Nov. 25 and is scheduled to run through March 31, 2020, or until the harvest limit is reached. The late season harvest limit is seven total lions or three female lions, whichever comes first.

If the late season closes after March 25, 2020, there will not be a conditional season if the Zone 1 quota hasn’t been reached. Hunters are advised to check the status of the late season by visiting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website,

Zone 1 includes land in western North Dakota south of North Dakota Highway 1804 from the Montana border to the point where Highway 1804 lies directly across Lake Sakakawea from North Dakota Highway 8, crossing Lake Sakakawea, then south along Highway 8 to North Dakota Highway 200, then west on 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, 2020.

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