The 2014 South Dakota resident-only mountain lion hunting season for the Black Hills Fire Protection District opened Thursday, Dec. 26.
The season for the Black Hills is open through March 31 unless a harvest limit of 75 mountain lions or 50 female mountain lions is reached at an earlier date, according to a South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department news release.
All mountain lions harvested within the Black Hills must be presented to a GF&P representative at the Rapid City office at 4130 Adventure Trail, or at the Custer State Park Headquarters within 24 hours of harvest for inspection.
Residents may purchase one 2014 mountain lion hunting license. The license is not only valid for the Black Hills season, but also valid Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 on land that is located outside of the Black Hills Fire Protection District.
Licenses may be purchased by application through the mail or online through the Game, Fish and Parks Department website at https://appsf5.sd.gov/applications/gf79biggame/login.asp.
Hunters will find updates on the harvest of mountain lions in the Black Hills online at http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/big-game/mountain-lion-season-harvest-status.aspx.
Updates will also be available from the GFP smartphone app, toll free phone at 1.866.895.9067 and by signing up for email notifications through the GFP website.