The North Dakota Game & Fish Department closed mountain lion hunting for the Late Season in Zone 1 this morning. The season opened on November 27th and had a limit of 7 mountain lions or 3 female mountain lions– whichever came first. There were 3 males and 3 females that were harvested.
A conditional season for Zone 1 will open on January 4th and will have a limit of 2 mountain lions. This season is due to the fact that just 6 of 8 cats were taken during the Zone 1 Early Season. The conditional season will run until March 31st or until the 2 mountain lions are taken. Early Season rules will apply, which means no dogs will be allowed.
According to the North Dakota Game & Fish, Zone 1 encompasses the following area :
“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 animal’s primary habitat is found in the North Dakota Badlands area that largely makes up Zone 1. The remainder of the state makes up Zone 2 in which there is no seasonal limit and the season runs through March 31, 2018.
So far in Zone 2, there have been 3 mountain lions taken. The most recent being shot near the North Dakota – Minnesota border .
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