The following is exerpted from the Montana Mountain Lion Status Report provided by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks at the 10th Mountain Lion Workshop in 2011 (click here for the workshop packet in its entirety; this status report is found on page 14):
"Montana has a goal of maintaining a reasoned diversity of mountain lion objectives across Montana's different habitats and associated tolerance levels for mountain lions. Fundamentally, different mountain lion objectives are primarily achieved through adjusted female harvest. A spectrum of lion habitat and human tolerance for mountain lions runs in a 'decreasing' continuum from west to east.... While management objectives often vary across these physical and human landscapes, fundamental management strategies relative to female harvest do not. That is, higher or lower mountain lion objectives are commonly achieved through higher or lower female lion harvest.
"In addition to the varying objectives influenced by diverse habitats and other landscape features, population status also influences female lion harvest....Management questions of prey amounts and wolf interactions are also present in some cases..."
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Traps catch lion, then ranger on Glacier Park boundary
Tristan Scott, Missoulian | 2013-01-30A mountain lion caught recently in a wolf foothold trap set on the southwestern boundary of Glacier National Park was turned loose by state wildlife officials, but the National Park Service employee who discovered the animal and reported it to game wardens was caught the following day when he sprang a second trap in the same area.
Study providing information on Missouri Breaks lions
Billings Gazette | 2013-02-07This study is seeking information on lion movements within and possible dispersal between the Missouri River Breaks, Bears Paw and Little Rocky mountains; a description of their habitat use and selection; estimates of mortality rates and causes; and what proportion of cougar home ranges are within a wildlife refuge in northeastern Montana.
Hunting quotas for mountain lions on FWP agenda
Eve Byron | 2012-06-13The proposal coming before the (Montana) commission would increase the number of lions that can be taken to 517, which is about 50 to 100 more than in the past few years.
Four Cougars Seen in Missouri Came from Three States.
Jim Low | 2012-05-23DNA shows that dispersing cougars that reached Missouri came from three different states.
Thompson Park Zoo gets new cougar cub; contest for his name
Your News Now | 2012-01-04A cougar kitten found in Montanta was given a home at a New York zoo, and now they are having a contest to name it.
Mountain lion killed on resident's porch
Helena Independent Record | 2011-05-26Dave Loewen, a game warden with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, shot the year-old mountain lion from the safety of his truck, which was parked on the street. Police notified the neighbors to stay inside, and blocked off traffic to the area.
Agressive mountain lion in the Upper McDonald Creek Valley
Lake County Leader | 2011-07-11WEST GLACIER MONT. — Aggressive behavior has been displayed by a mountain lion in the Upper McDonald Creek Valley near areas highly frequented by visitors. Rangers are requesting visitors to be on alert for mountain lions and report all sightings to the closest National Park Service (NPS) facility.
Glacier warns of aggressive mountain lio
dailyinterlake.com | 2011-06-30Glacier National Park officials are warning visitors about a mountain lion that has displayed aggressive behavior toward people on busy trails in the Upper McDonald Creek Valley recently. On June 23, a woman and her niece were confronted by an adult, dark-colored mountain lion on the Sperry Trail near Lake McDonald Lodge.
4 Wisconsin men plead guilty to illegal mountain lion hunting
WTAQ | 2011-05-16When Wisconsin hunter Erick Steingraber posted an account about hunting mountain lions online, he gave Montana investigators the trail they needed. Steingraber is one of four Wisconsin men arrested for illegally hunting mountain lions north of Helena, Montana.
Male Mountain Lion Hunting Closed In Districts 445 And 455
Montana News Reports | 0000-00-00The hunting of male mountain lions in north-central Montana hunting districts 445 and 455, which includes portions of Cascade, Lewis and Clark and Meagher counties, closed at one-half hour after sunset on Monday, April 11, 2011.
Study tracks mountain lions east of divide
Great Falls Tribune | 2011-02-10Researchers are using GPS and radio collars to track the movement of elusive mountain lions in the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in the state's first study of lions east of the Continental Divide. he study was launched to see whether a hunting season is warranted on the refuge.
Female Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In Hunting District 580
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks | 2011-02-23The hunting of all female mountain lions in south-central Montana hunting district 580, which includes portions of Meagher, Park, Sweet Grass and Wheatland counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Wednesday, February 23, 2011.
Male lion hunting closed
Great Falls Tribune | 2010-12-27The closure notice for the hunt came shortly after Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials received word that the pre-established harvest sub-quota for the district had been met.
Female lion hunts end
Great Falls Tribune | 2010-12-20Hunting for female mountain lions in central Montana hunting districts 422, 423, 424, 425 and 442, which include portions of Lewis & Clark and Teton counties, closes half an hour after sunset on Saturday.
Ferocious appetites: Study finds mountain lions may be eating more than previously believed
Billings Gazette | 2010-12-10Mountain lions, the largest members of the cat family in North America, may be heartier eaters than some researchers originally estimated.
Lion hunting closes in southwest districts
Great Falls Tribune | 2010-12-03Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced today that hunting of all female mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 321 and 332, which include portions of Beaver-head, Silver Bow, and Deer Lodge counties, closes half an hour after sunset on Friday.
Hunter kills attacking lion in the Little Belts
Great Falls Tribune | 2010-12-06Nov. 13 was a perfect morning for hunting, recalls Great Falls neurosurgeon Dale Schaefer. Schaefer sat on a log and watched a game trail below him. It was cold, there were 6 inches of fresh snow and the air was still.
Mountain lion suspected in attack on Mazda
KXLH 9 | 2010-11-09It appears that a mountain lion attacked a Mazda car in or near Eureka in northwest Montana several days ago.
School Bus Driver Spots Mountain Lion In Upper Miller Creek
NBC Montana.com | 2010-11-04A Miller Creek bus driver was stopped in his tracks after an early morning mountain lion sighting. Residents of the rolling mountains in Upper Miller Creek live with wildlife all around them, and sometimes they cross paths. "I have never seen a mountain lion in my life," claims bus driver Dan Cook.
Mountain lion hunting closes in parts of SW Montana
KBZK.com | 2010-11-02Mountain lion hunting in two southwest Montana districts has closed until December.
Lion chases cat through residence
Hungry Horse News - MT | 2010-09-13A mountain lion chased a house cat into a Martin City home last Monday after the owner of the house opened the door to let the cat in.
Cougar seen in residential Choteau neighborhood
Choteau Acantha | 2010-09-07A Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game warden on Thursday said that resident who lives on the northwest side of Choteau observed a mountain lion in her backyard at about 11 p.m. on Sept. 1.
Black Bear, Mountain Lion License Deadline
Winded Bowhunter | 2010-08-18For mountain lion licenses, hunters may purchase a mountain lion hunting license at all FWP offices, FWP license providers, or online at ['_trackEvent','outbound-article','fwp.mt.gov']);">fwp.mt.gov , under Online Services.
Mountain lion spotted on Bozeman golf course
Missoulian | 2010-06-28Golfers at a Bozeman golf course faced a hazard with real teeth - and claws - when a mountain lion decided to play through.
FWP seeks comment on lion season regs
Great Falls Tribune - MT | 2010-04-23Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks commissioners have proposed two alternatives for mountain lion hunting season regulations in FWP Region 6 outside of lion Hunting Districts 680 and 690.
Mountain lion hunting season ends in 2 counties
Billings Gazette | 2010-04-06Montana wildlife officials say mountain lion hunting season will end after sunset today for parts of Gallatin and Park counties.
Mountain Lion Hunting to Close in Districts 211 and 216
KECI Missoula | 2010-03-15The hunting of all mountain lions in western Montana hunting districts 211 and 216, which includes portions of Granite and Missoula counties, will close one-half hour after sunset on Friday, March 12, 2010.
Cougar killed near Fred Burr Creek
PERRY BACKUS Ravalli Republic - Missoulian | 2010-02-02Officials and locals are hoping a mountain lion killed last week in the Fred Burr Creek drainage is the same animal that’s been killing pets and livestock in the area for several months now.
Lion hunting districts closed
Great Falls Tribune - Montana | 2009-01-05Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks today announced that it has closed all mountain lion hunting in four hunting districts in southwest Montana and that it will close two in western Montana because quotas have been met there.
Hunt success: A mixed bag this season hunter success
Great Falls Tribune - Montana | 2009-12-04Hunter success varied this season by both species and location but one certainty permeated check station reports — mule deer harvests plummeted because both mule deer numbers and the number of permits to hunt them are down.
All Mountain Lion Hunting To Close Hd 312 & 393
Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks | 2009-11-23The hunting of all mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 312 and 393, in portions of Gallatin, Park and Meagher counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on, Saturday, November 21, 2009.
Montana's big-game hunting season ends; no extensions planned
Missoulian - AP | 0000-00-00Montana's 2009 general big game hunting season will close at one-half hour after sunset on Sunday.
Some lion hunting closes
Great Falls Tribune - Montana | 2009-11-25Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks closed northcentral Montana hunting districts 413 and 432, which include portions of Cascade, Meagher and Judith Basin counties, to all mountain lion hunting effective half an hour after sunset today.
Man shoots mountain lion taking cat nap in front yard
Kim Skornogski Great Falls Tribume MT | 2009-11-17A Hays man recently shot a 200-pound adult mountain lion sprawled in a tree just 40 feet from his front door — further evidence that the big cats are moving into Montana's prairies.
Anaconda boy shoots mountain lion in self defense
John Grant Emeigh Montana Standard | 2009-11-09It was the big cat's eyes that haunted Eric Boyd. The 14-year-old from Anaconda was hoping to bag his first elk on opening day Sunday. Instead, he found himself face-to-face with a large mountain lion. "It was his eyes that really hit me," he told The Montana Standard Friday. "They stared right at me and were glowing yellow-gree
Hunter shoots cougar in self-defense
John Grant Emeigh Montana Standard - Billigns Gazette | 2009-11-02It was the big cat's eyes that haunted Eric Boyd. The 14-year-old from Anaconda was hoping to bag his first elk on opening day Sunday. Instead, he found himself face to face with a large mountain lion.
Apply soon for western districts mountain lion tag
Great Falls Tribune - Montana | 2009-08-21Those wanting to hunt mountain lions in western Montana's Regions 1 and 2 this fall and winter must apply by Aug. 31.
Police shoot roaming lion
The Daily Inter Lake | 2009-03-10A young mountain lion roaming around homes in the lower Big Mountain area was dispatched Tuesday by Whitefish police.
Woman seeks permit for captive mountain lion
AP | 2009-03-02A woman described as an "animal behaviorist" is seeking a state permit to possess a mountain lion on rural property about 30 miles south of Miles City.
Montana has 7 Management Regions broken down into about 141 Hunt Districts (HD)- a few of these are split into different seasons.
The hunt seasons vary a bit between Hunt Districts, but Montana has four main seasons:
Archery Only: September 1 - October 14 (one HD has a 9/1-9/14 Archery Only season)
Fall Season Without Dogs: Occtober 20 - November 25 (one HD does not have a Fall Season)
Winter Season (dogs can be used): December 1 - April 14 (one HD has a 9/15-4/14 Winter Season)
Late Winter Season (dogs can be used): February 1 - April 14 (28 HD's or parts of have Late Winter Seasons overlapping with the traditional Winter Season, but will not open if the quota is filled)
Our best estimation is that where quotas exist in the state, the overall quota is 536 mountain lions; sex-specific quotas are Female 223, Male 112. Two HD's have unlimited quotas with seasons set out as listed above.
In HD's with overall quotas and sex-specific quotas, it seems that each HD will remain open even if one of the sex quotas is reached, but only for the other sex and until that quota is reached (and the overall quota).
A legal mountain lion is any mountain lion not accompanied by a kitten (or kittens) with spots. No mountain lion with body spots shall be killed.
For current hunting regulations in Montana, please view this page.
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