The Black Hills mountain lion season may be over but at least one lion and her kitten are missing from the final tally of 61 kills.

A female lion shot on Feb. 1 in Pennington County won't be added to the list until a judge rules if she was killed legally, Mike Kintigh, South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks regional supervisor, said Tuesday.

Three eastern South Dakota residents are charged with misdemeanor hunting violations in connection with the lion's death, according to Pennington County deputy state's attorney Josh Hendrickson.

Licensed hunters James Jucht, 71, of Sioux Falls and David D. Terveen, 63, of Emery are accused of illegally shooting the lion in the Hill City area after it was treed by hounds controlled by Wade J. Musick, 41, of Mitchell, according to Hendrickson.

Hendrickson said that after the dogs treed the lion, Musick notified Juncht and Terveen, who shot the lion, which also had two kittens.

The use of hounds was only permitted on a limited basis within the boundaries of Custer State Park during the 2013 season.

An anonymous person used the Turn In Poachers program to alert the GF&P about the hunting violation. Conservation officer Blair Waite found the three men, cited them for hunting violations and confiscated the lion.

"The lion had two kittens," Kintigh said. One kitten was located the same day and later taken to a zoo.

It took several days to find the second kitten, but it was in such poor condition that it was euthanized, Hendrickson said.

Terveen and Jucht were charged with a big game violation. The charge is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Musick was cited for illegally hunting with dogs during mountain lion season, a Class 2 misdemeano,r punishable by up to six months in jail and a $500 fine. A dispositional conference for Musick is scheduled for next week.

At a preliminary hearing last Friday, magistrate Judge Heidi Linngren continued Terveen's and Jucht's cases until April 19.

Contact Andrea J. Cook at 394-8423 or andrea.cook@rapidcityjournal.com

(11) comments

houndsman wife
houndsman wife

I say we need to charge all with 2 counts of killing a lion, 1 for female 1 for kitten. Also charge with the use of a radio / telephone during a big game hunt. We love hunting with our hounds. . The shooting of a Female with kitten looks bad on all hound hunters. 1 bad man should not reflect on all hound hunters.

quest4serenity
quest4serenity

Proof that all they want to do is exterminate lions from the map... what a bunch of losers... every single person and organization involved.

nwsdcitizen
nwsdcitizen

I agree that these people broke the law and need to be punished but how does this in any way prove that the SDGFP or anyone else wants to "exterminate" mountain lions. That comment is just a knee-jerk reaction and has no merit.

sambo2u
sambo2u

Utterly pathetic they are. All three of them! If the court system does nail them hard for this, I have completely lost faith in our system and this country!

Ringneck
Ringneck

We better toughen up our laws if this blatent violation is only a misdemeanor. One of the purposes of legally using hounds for lion hunting is so the TRUE sportsman/woman can sex the animal and if it is a female, determine if it is lactating. I hope these scumbag poachers get the maximum punishment allowed by the law!

Uplander
Uplander

Classic Jucht.

badhand
badhand

What good will it do to take a dead carcase and give them a small fine. They will never see a single day in jail because illegally killing a lion is not considered a big issue in this state that is so full humans that like to kill things just for the fun of killing them.. Isn't it about time to end this slaughter?

Rowdy
Rowdy

Given the GF&P's ongoing campaign to eradicate mountain lions from the Black Hills, these guys probably figured they were safe using hounds and blasting away. They should never be allowed to hunt anything in the state again. But of course they'll get off with a slap on the wrist and get new licenses for next season.

Wayne Gilbert
Wayne Gilbert

I thought that one purpose of using hounds was to tree a lion to make sure that it was not a lactating mother. The so-called "hunters" in this case, to the shame of real hunters, apparently made that it was a lactating mother and then shot it. The only animals present that day were the so-called "hunters." They need to lose their firearms permanently and do a little jail time.

Born2fish
Born2fish

How weak is this. Tree them with hounds, then shoot the mother. Man that's weak!!
Is hunting really a sport. If so, it's the only sport I know where the other team doesn't know they're playing.

Frank Smith
Frank Smith

Agreed. That is pretty sad. How can you call yourself a man after that?

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