SD Mountain Lion Season Closes With 70th Kill
by Associated Press
March 01, 2012 8:47 AM
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department says the state's mountain lion hunting season has come to a close about a month early with the killing of a 70th lion.
The season began Jan. 1 and was scheduled to end March 31, or when 50 females or 70 total lions were killed.
Wildlife commissioners let hunters shoot more cougars in 2012 to help increase the Black Hills populations of elk and deer. State Wildlife Director Tony Leif says the goal is to find a balance between the populations of mountain lions and their primary prey.
But Black Hills Mountain Lion Foundation President Sharon Seneczko says the lion population is already in decline and game officials shouldn't keep upping the quotas each year.