Status of Mountain Lion Management in North Dakota

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Authors and Contributors

North Dakota Game and Fish Department

Type

Management reports and plans

Research Category

Habitat
Population Study
Wildlife

Target Species

Mountain Lion

Approximate Completion Date

Formats

PDF

Tags

mountain lion distribution harvest population habitat diet demographic

Description

We used a combination of reports of occurrence, harvest locations, and hunter and trapper questionnaires to determine the distribution of mountain lions in North Dakota. We examined abundance of mountain lions in relation to previous years (i.e. trend information) via these same methods, as well as previous habitat analysis. Additionally, we necropsied mountain lion carcasses to collect demographic, dietary, and genetic information. Necropsies indicate a small, but healthy population of mountain lions occurring in western North Dakota.