Species Specific Regulations
Mountain lions may only be hunted by North Dakota residents. The limit for mountain lions is one animal per hunter per season. Any mountain lion, other than kittens (kitten is defined as a mountain lion with visible spots) or females accompanied by kittens, may be harvested during the season. Any mountain lion that is harvested must be reported to the Department within 12 hours and the entire intact animal must be submitted for analysis and tagging. Legally taken animals will be returned to the hunter following analysis so that the pelt may be removed but the carcass shall remain the property of the Department. The use of traps or cable devices (snares) to take mountain lions is prohibited. The state will be split into two management zones; Zone 1 and Zone 2. 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. Zone 2 is the remainder of the state not described as Zone 1. Each Zone 1 season will have harvest limits. Once these harvest limits are reached, each respective season will close immediately. The Department will inform the public of each closure through press releases, public service announcements and media contacts. Mountain lions taken by USDA Wildlife Services, the Department, private landowners in defense of livestock, road-killed animals, mountain lions incidentally taken by traps or cable devices, animals taken for human safety issues and those taken on Indian land will not count against any harvest limit.
Zone 1 early-season - Mountain lions may be harvested using legal firearms and archery equipment. Harvest may be no more than 8 mountain lions.
Zone 1 late-season - Mountain lions may be harvested using legal firearms, archery equipment, and pursuing with dogs. Harvest may be no more than 7 mountain lions or 3 female mountain lions, whichever comes first.
Zone 1 conditional season - If the harvest limit for the early season is not reached prior to November 25, and after the late season has been closed (due to quota reached) for 5 consecutive days, the early season will reopen until the Zone 1 early season harvest limit is reached or until March 31. If the late season closes after March 25, there will not be a Zone 1 conditional season.
Zone 2 - Mountain lions may be harvested using legal firearms and archery equipment. Beginning November 26, mountain lions may also be harvested by pursuing with dogs. There is no overall harvest limit for Zone 2, but individuals are still limited to one lion per season.