Century student shoots mountain lion
Nov 03, 2008 – 23:05:06 CST
By JENNY MICHAEL
Andrew Wiseman suspects his mom will be happy with the trophy he brought home on Oct. 25.
The 17-year-old Bismarck Century High School junior shot a female mountain lion that day, which was something he had been talking about for so long that he assumed his mom would be glad to hear it was over.
“I’ve been hunting since I could walk,” he said.
Randy Kreil, chief of the wildlife division for North Dakota Game and Fish Department, confirmed the kill as the third of the year in the Badlands.
Wiseman said he shot the cat with a .22-250 rifle near Lone Butte.
“We went out specially, just for the fun of it, to call one in,” he said.
Wiseman said the mountain lion was a 75-pound female and probably was 1½ or 2 years old.
The lion was taken in zone 1, which roughly covers the area of the Badlands south of Williston and encompasses McKenzie, Dunn, Billings, Golden Valley, Slope and Bowman counties. Wiseman’s was the third mountain lion shot in zone 1, where there is an eight-cat quota determining the length of the hunting season. The rest of the state is in zone 2, where there is no quota.
The first two mountain lions of the season were killed by Rick Mittleider of Tappen and Jake Bloxham of Williston.
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