Cougar Hunting in Alberta

COVID-19 response: temporary closures

The Government of Alberta has temporarily closed front counters at all Fish and Wildlife offices across the province.

  • You can contact Fish and Wildlife offices using the phone numbers listed on the Fish and Wildlife - Contacts page.
  • For recreational sportfishing or hunting information, please visit AlbertaRELM or call the AlbertaRELM Help Desk at 1-888-944-5494.
  • Vehicle access is now permitted at parking lots and staging areas in provincial parks and public land. Facilities like playgrounds and washrooms remain temporarily closed. For more information, visit the Alberta Parks advisories page.

For more information about Alberta’s COVID-19 response, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.

Cougar populations in Alberta are managed with hunting seasons to:

  • help maintain healthy populations
  • reduce conflicts with people
  • manage predation on wild ungulates
  • provide recreational opportunities

For more details, visit the Open Government Portal website at:

For more information on the number and types of cougar mortality in Alberta, see:

Hunters can learn the estimated ages of their harvested cougars by checking their registration number here:


Licence Type Cougar Season Fee
Resident cougar licence September 1 to December 31
December 1 to the last day of February
Non-resident (Canadian) cougar licence December 1 to last day of February $135.31
Non-resident (Canadian) cougar special licence1 December 1 to last day of February $135.31
Non-resident alien cougar special licence1 December 1 to last day of February $254.97
1 Licences that must be purchased through an outfitter-guide.

Updated: May 15, 2019