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Status of Mountain Lion Management in North Dakota, 2012

Status of Mountain Lion Management in North Dakota, 2011

View most current regulations.

2012 season dates (Open to North Dakota residents only):

  • Firearms, archery equipment: August 31, 2012 - March 31, 2013
  • Pursue with dogs: November 26, 2012 - March 31, 2013

Mountain lion may only be harvested by North Dakota residents. The limit is one mountain lion per hunter per season. Kittens (mountain lions with visible spots), or females accompanied by kittens may not be harvested. Any mountain lion harvested must be reported to the Department within 12 hours and the entire intact animal must be submitted for analysis. Legally taken mountain lions will be returned to the hunter, so that the pelt may be removed but the carcass shall remain the property of the Department. The state will be split into two management zones: Zone 1 and Zone 2.  Zone 1 is bordered by Montana, South Dakota, and state and federal highways, the point where the boundary crosses Lake Sakakawea is a straight line from where ND Highway 1804 lies directly across from ND Highway 8. Zone 2 is the remainder of the state not described as Zone 1.

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate - $1
  • Furbearer License - $7 (not required of residents under age 16), or a 
  • Combination License - $32 (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses).
  • Military - Upon presentation of valid leave papers and a valid North Dakota operator's license, a resident who is on leave and is an active duty as a member of the United States armed forces or the United States merchant marine may hunt small game, fish, or trap during the open season without a license.