Tribe opens lion hunt

New Town, North Dakota (AP) 5-08

The Three Affiliated Tribes has opened a special mountain lion hunting season on a portion of the Fort Berthold Reservation, for the second time in two years.

Tribal Game and Fish Director Fred Poitra says the move was prompted by a high number of cougar sightings and their proximity to people. In one case a cougar followed two people for a time, and in another Poitra says a horse was attacked.

Poitra says he thinks there are at least two cougars in the area.

The hunting season is open until July 13 for people who have a tribal furbearer license.

The Three Affiliated Tribes also opened a special cougar hunting season last year.