Mountain Lion Hunting News

All Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In HD's 500 & 570 Montana

The hunting of all mountain lions in Montana hunting districts 500 and 570, which include portions of Golden Valley, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Wheatland and Yellowstone counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Monday, January 30, 2012.

The order halting the hunt came shortly after Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials received word that the pre-established harvest quota for the districts combined has been met.

Male Mountain Lion Hunting To Re-Open In Montana HD's 422, 423, 424, 425 & 442

By request of Region 4, the hunting of male mountain lions in central Montana Hunting District Series 422, 423, 424, 425 and 442, which includes portions of Lewis & Clark and Teton counties, will re-open to the hunting of 2 male mountain lions immediately.

For more information, visit FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov, click on "Hunting," then under Hunting Guides click on "Mountain Lion," or call the toll-free number at 1-800-385-7826.

Young Male Mountain Lion Trapped, Released in Reynolds County, Missouri

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has examined and released a male mountain lion trapped by a private citizen in Reynolds County.

Reynolds County Commissioner Wayne Henson called Conservation Agent Eric Long this morning and reported catching the 122-pound mountain lion on Wednesday. Henson said the cat entered a large, cage-type live trap that he set on Mark Twain National Forest land to catch bobcats, coyotes, raccoons and other mammals.

Unintentionally Trapped Mountain Lion Euthanized in Nebraska

A mountain lion unintentionally caught in a bobcat trap in Dawes County was euthanized by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on Dec. 26.

The responding conservation officer determined the mountain lion was pulling out the stakes that anchor the trap and would not survive if it escaped with the trap and stakes attached.

The trap had been legally set and the trapper called Game and Parks immediately upon discovering the mountain lion, as required by Game and Parks policy.

Mountain Lion Shot Early Friday Morning in Monona County, Iowa

An adult male mountain lion was shot and killed early Friday morning by local law enforcement officers in the Monona County city of Blencoe.

The Blencoe police chief and a Monona County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a citizen’s call regarding the mountain lion around midnight on Friday. After finding the lion in a tree in the northwest part of town, the officers shot the lion.

All Mountain Lion Hunting Closed In Montana Districts 370 And 380

The hunting of all mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 370 and 380, which include portions of Broadwater, Jefferson and Lewis and Clark counties, closed at one-half hour after sunset on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011.

Late Season on Mountain Lions Closes in Zone 1 North Dakota, Quota Filled

Mountain lion hunting during the late season in zone 1 is closed immediately. The fourth cat was taken Dec. 6, filling the zone’s late-season quota.

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.

Cougars Are Rare but Confirmed Visitors to Minnesota

Confirmed cougar sightings are becoming more frequent in Minnesota, but evidence suggests the large cats are most likely rare visitors to the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The recent shooting of a cougar in southwestern Minnesota, along with verified observations of the big cats in the state, are raising awareness of cougars in the public and media.

Female Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In District 392, Montana

The hunting of female mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting district 392 which include portions of Broadwater and Lewis and Clark counties will close at one-half hour after sunset on Monday, December 5, 2011.

The closure notice for the hunt came shortly after Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials received word that the pre-established harvest sub-quota for the district had been met.

For more information, visit FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov, click on “Hunting," then under Hunting Guides click on “Mountain Lion,” or call the toll-free number at 1-800-385-7826.

DNR Confirms Cougar in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties, Michigan

The Department of Natural Resources recently confirmed the presence of a radio-collared cougar just north of the city of Hancock in northern Houghton County. The animal was captured on a trail camera on Nov. 13, walking directly in front of the camera, with the noticeable presence of a radio collar.

DNR Wildlife Division staff visited the property on Nov. 17 where the trail camera is mounted and verified the location of the camera. Property owner Jesse Chynoweth submitted the pictures to the DNR for confirmation.