The Mountain Lion Identification Program is a voluntary training program available to anyone who is interested in mountain lion ecology and/or who wants to hunt mountain lions.
- presents information about mountain lion biology;
- explains how to determine the gender of a mountain lion; and
- presents some of Montana’s laws and regulations pertaining to mountain lion hunting.
FWP is asking hunters, guides, outfitters, and houndsmen to take the time to determine the gender of the mountain lion before harvesting it. Gender identification helps:
- reduce unwanted female lion mortality;
- reduce lion kitten mortality associated with orphaning;
- increase hunter satisfaction, and;
- meet management objectives.
The program consists of a training (tutorial) and a testing (exam) portion; both are available online. A paper test is not available at this point, though you may print the tutorial on your own at any time. Before taking the exam (by clicking the button at the bottom of this page), please be sure you have reviewed the tutorial (by accessing .pdf file also at the bottom of the page).