Environment minister Scott Moe says sightings of cougars have become more common in the Cypress Hills region in the southwest and along the entire length of the forest fringe from Meadow Lake to Hudson Bay.
Conservation officers and Saskatchewan Crop Insurance remain the first point of contact for all predator-related complaints.
Conservation officers have been directed to contact a local predator control specialist to trap and dispatch a cougar where public safety is a concern.
Conservation officers can also ensure specialized equipment like live traps and trained houndsmen to deal with known cougar encounters.
The changes will also allow landowners to keep animals killed when protecting property under a permit.
Saskatchewan Stock Growers president Shane Jahnke says the additional measures are a positive step in reducing cougar conflicts.
SARM president Ray Orb says cougars have become an ongoing problem and he hopes the new measures will protect members’ livestock.