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Published November 23, 2012, 05:38 PM

Early mountain lion season is coming to a close

(WDAY TV) -- Early mountain lion season is coming to a close with only 2 cats harvested.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

(WDAY TV) -- Early mountain lion season is coming to a close with only 2 cats harvested.

In past years, the season has usually closed early with the quota being met before the season end date. This year's early season quota is 14 and only the two lions have been taken.

It could be due to many factors including fewer hunters out this year - to mountain lions getting killed in snairs meant for other animals.

Stephanie Tucker with the ND Game and Fish says, "we are probably seeing some reflection of what happened last year in the high level or mortality we had in the population."

The early season ends on Sunday. The late season opens Nov. 26, and will run through March 31 -- OR -- until seven lions are taken.

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