Cougar Hunting Seasons and CMAs

To improve the management of cougars in Alberta, the Government of Alberta has initiated 24-hour cougar harvest reporting. This process will prevent over-quota harvest by allowing the closure of seasons on weekends and during the Christmas office closure.

If a cougar is taken on Saturday or Sunday, or during the Christmas office closure, the hunter should submit their name, sex of the cat, date of kill, and WMU the cougar was taken in via email to AEP.CougarRegistration@gov.ab.ca or by text to (780) 218-7275.

Mandatory cougar registration is still in place as it has always been. Hunters must now check the Cougar Hotline for new season closures before hunting on Sunday or Monday and each day during the Christmas office closure.

Cougar hunting season status summary

Data updated: January 12, 2020 @ 3:37 PM

Cougar
Management
Area
Male
Quota
Female
Quota
Male Season Status Female Season Status
1 2 1 Open Open
2 2 2 Closed Open
3 3 2 Open Open
4 2 2 Closed Open
5 3 3 Closed Open
6 1 1 Open Open
7 3 3 Open Open
8 2 2 Closed Open
9 2 1 Closed Closed
10 2 1 Closed Closed
11 4 3 Closed Closed
12 3 3 Open Open
13 2 1 Open Open
14 1 1 Open Open
15 1 1 Closed Open
16 2 1 Open Closed
17 2 1 Open Closed
18 1 1 Open Open
19 1 1 Open Closed
20 1 1 Closed Closed
21 12 6 Open Closed
22 2 2 Closed Closed
23 3 2 Open Closed
24 2 1 Open Open
25 2 1 Open Closed
26 2 2 Open Open
27 1 1 Open Closed
28 2 2 Open Open
29 1 1 Closed Closed
30 1 1 Open Open
31 1 1 Open Open
32 1 1 Open Open

Fall cougar hunting season

Cougars may be hunted by holders of a Resident Cougar Licence from September 1 – December 31 in the following Wildlife Management Units:

  • 100-166
  • 200-260
  • 357-360
  • 410
  • 500-504
  • 506
  • 508
  • 514
  • 518-544

From August 25 to November 30, cougars may be hunted by holders of a Resident Cougar Licence in WMUs 412 to 446.

The use of dogs is prohibited during this season, and hunters may harvest one cougar of either sex. No quotas exist for this season.

Winter cougar hunting season

From December 1 to the last day of February, cougars may be hunted by holders of a resident cougar licence, non-resident cougar licence, or cougar special licence in the following Cougar Management Areas:

CMA WMUs CMA WMUs CMA WMUs
1 300 12 326, 328, 429 23 344, 346
2 302, 400 13 412, 414, 416, 417, 418 24 347, 349
3 303, 306, 308, 402 14 420, 422 25 350, 351
4 304, 305 15 426, 428, 430 26 354
5 404, 406 16 432, 434, 436, 437 27 355, 445, 446
6 408, 410 17 438, 439 28 356
7 310, 312 18 440, 442, 444 29 505, 507
8 314, 316 19 352, 353, 441 30 509, 510
9 318, 320 20 334, 336 31 511, 516
10 322, 332 21 337, 338, 348 32 512, 515, 517
11 324, 330 22 339, 340, 342

Hunters must call the cougar hotline at 1-800-661-3729 (toll-free) prior to hunting each day to determine which CMAs are open.

Quotas for male and female cougars

There is a separate quota for male and female cougars in each CMA. The season in each area closes independently for each sex when the quota has been filled.

Quotas were updated before the 2019-2020 season with the objective of stabilizing the population at an older age structure. A report was produced that explains the process used to adjust quotas.

For holders of a cougar special licence (outfitted non-resident or non-resident alien hunters), quotas do not apply and the season remains open for either sex until the last day of February.

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Updated: Dec 17, 2019