Rural Custer man shoots lion on front porch

2012-11-06T19:30:00Z 2012-11-06T20:28:23Z Rural Custer man shoots lion on front porchAndrea J. Cook Journal staff Rapid City Journal
November 06, 2012 7:30 pm  • 

A rural Custer resident killed a mountain lion about 8:30 p.m. Monday after he discovered it lounging on his front porch.

A “thumping on the porch” caught the attention of the man, who lives on Carrol Creek Road west of Custer, according to Game, Fish & Parks wildlife manager John Kanta. Curious about the noise, the man opened his door and saw the lion.

“He believes it (the noise) was the lion thumping its tail on the porch,” Kanta said.

The man’s two dogs were loose in the yard when he spotted the lion. He quickly went back in the house for a .22-caliber rifle and shot the lion on his porch. The lion tried to escape but was found dead about 50 feet from the front door, Kanta said.

The lion was retrieved by GF&P officials Tuesday morning.

Kanta said the lion appeared to be a normal, healthy 18-month-old female, weighing about 80 pounds. She was wearing a radio collar.

This particular lion was apparently “bold,” Kanta said.

“He does have some pets, so it’s very possible she was just hanging out there waiting for a good chance at one of the pets,” Kanta said.

Killing the lion was justified, Kanta said, since it posed a danger to the man and his pets.

In June, GF&P officials killed a young female mountain lion on a city street in Custer.

Contact Andrea Cook at 394-8423 or

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