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GF&P Commission approves 100 lion limit


Photo of a Black Hills mountain lion courtesy of South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks.

The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission has approved a mountain lion season to begin in late December and allow up to 100 lions to be killed.

The commission voted unanimously to set the 2012-2013 season to run from Dec. 26 through March 31 unless either of two lion kill quotas is reached sooner. The overall kill quota is for 100 lions with a sub quota of 70 females.

The commission also authorized limited use of hounds in Custer State Park and extended a year-round season for lions outside of the Black Hills that is currently limited to landowners on their own property, to all properly licensed lion hunters.

The commission set the season following a report from the GF&P staff that gave updated information on the lion population estimate.

The staff estimated the population prior to the 2012 season at about 300 lions.

They now say with 73 lions killed during the season and additional mortality, the population is below that. They project that by the end of the year it will be at about 240.

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