Mountain lion Zone 1 early season ends, late season opens

North Dakota’s early mountain lion season in Zone 1 closed Sunday, Nov. 25, and the late season, when hunters can pursue lions with dogs, is now open.

During the early season, hunters took two 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 six mountain lions that were not taken.

The late season in Zone 1 opened Monday, Nov. 26 and is scheduled to run through March 31, 2019, 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 zone boundaries and the status of the late season by visiting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. The mountain lion season is open only to North Dakota residents. Hunters need a furbearer or combination license to participate.

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