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Mountain lion hunting season closes in western ND

BISMARCK -- North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department has closed the mountain lion hunting season in the western part of the state in Zone 1 immediately.

The zone’s late-season harvest limit of either seven total cats or three females was reached Friday morning, Dec. 29, after the third female was taken.

A conditional season in Zone 1 will open Jan. 4 for hunters to pursue the additional two mountain lions that were not taken during the early season. The Zone 1 early-season harvest limit was eight cats, and only six were taken.

The conditional season will close March 31, 2018, or immediately once the second cat is taken. Early season regulations apply, which means hunters are not allowed to use dogs.

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.