In the box below you will find all the governing state statutes, mountain lion legal status, state laws, information about the state legislature, initiative and referendum processes, and the state wildlife agency, mountain lion management plans, mountain lion hunting laws, depredation laws, and other regulations as appropriate.
Mountain lions are classified as a fur-bearing species (N.D. Cent. Code Section 20.1-01-02).
Hunting quotas include mountain lions killed by hunters, USDA Wildlife Services, North Dakota Game and Fish Department, private landowners defending their livestock, road killed animals, incidental animals killed by traps or snares, and animals taken for human safety issues. Quotas do not include mountain lions killed on tribal lands, with the exception of mountain lions taken on the Fort Berthold Reservation (which are included in the quota).
Visit the North Dakota state website for further details about use of firearms and archery equipment and seasons for hunts.
You can find all the information about contacting senators, history, management, and scheduled events on their website.
You can find all the information about the code here on their website. All information regarding fur-bearing animal regulations and management can be found on the North Dakota Legislative Branch Website under their Century Codes page. Under Title 20.1 and chapter 20.1-07 you can find these regulations.
You can also access the North Dakota Game and Fish Department to find more information about hunting laws and regulations of wildlife in North Dakota.
Killing a lion outside a regulated hunting season is prohibited, unless there is a human safety risk. Mountain lions deemed to be a substantial, unpreventable threat to public safety (or property, bighorn sheep, or other species of high public interest) may be killed. North Dakota Game and Fish Department has considered relocating problem animals, but determined that this was not a suitable option.
The code (section 20.1-07-04) states that "where a lion is a repeat offender or is judged to be a substantial threat to property or public safety, it may be killed by the landowner or tenant or that person's agent. Additionally, a lion may be dispatched by Department personnel or by Wildlife Services personnel upon approval by the Department Director or designee if a lion is judged to be a substantial threat to property, public safety, bighorn sheep or other species of high public interest. Game and Fish personnel and Wildlife Services personnel must IMMEDIATELY OBTAIN PERMISSION from one of the following: Director, Deputy Director, Wildlife Division Chief, or Assistant Wildlife Division Chief of the Game and Fish Department for authority to dispatch a mountain lion under these circumstances."
The Depredation Code reads as follows:
"20.1-07-04. Depredating fur-bearing animals - Destruction and disposition. A landowner or tenant or that person's agent may catch or kill any wild fur-bearing animal that is committing depredations upon that person's poultry, domestic animals, or crops, except a landowner or tenant or that person's agent shall notify and obtain the approval of the director before catching or killing a black bear. A landowner or tenant or that person's agent may not commercialize in, sell, or ship an animal or the pelt or any part of an animal caught or killed under this section if caught or killed during the closed season. A person catching or killing a black bear or mountain lion under this section shall report the capture or killing to the department within twenty-four hours and the entire animal must be turned over to the department."
"Any person violating a provision of this chapter for which a penalty is not specifically provided is guilty of a class B misdemeanor. 20.1-07-06. Unlawful possession of fur-bearers - Each violation is a distinct offense. No person may unlawfully: 1. Kill, take, attempt to take, possess, transport, accept for transportation, buy, sell, offer for sale, barter, or otherwise dispose of any fur-bearing animal or any part thereof. 2. Take or attempt to take any fur-bearer outside a regularly prescribed season or without a license or as provided in section 20.1-07-04, or violate any of this chapter. Each violation constitutes a distinct and separate offense."
You can find information on regulations for handling and collecting roadkill here.
In order to pick up roadkill, a permit must be obtained. A call to a North Dakota Game and Fish Warden would be required for mortalities of furbearers.