By Bill Harlan, Journal Staff Writer
A hunter killed another mountain lion Saturday in the Black Hills, bringing the lion season a step closer to ending.
The 82-pound female was the 11th lion shot during this season and the fifth female, Game, Fish & Parks regional supervisor Mike Kintigh said Saturday.
The season ends Dec. 31, but it ends immediately if hunters kill 25 total lions or eight females. This season could be over by Thanksgiving, Kintigh predicted -- probably because the limit on females will have been reached.
The lion killed Saturday was shot by a deer hunter about one mile south of Pactola Reservoir, Kintigh said.
The hunter had a license for lions but was “not actively hunting lions,” Kintigh said, but many of the more than 2,600 lion licenses issued this year were bought by deer hunters.
Most often, lions are taken by hunters using calls that imitate prey. Only three of the lions killed this hear were shot by “non-calling hunters,” Kintigh said.
Lion hunters are responsible for knowing how many lions have been killed, and they must report their kills to at the state Game, Fish and Parks Department within 24 hours.
For lion season “harvest status,” call toll-free 1-866-895-9067. To report a kill, call the Game, Fish & Parks Department in Rapid City at 394-2391 during business hours or call State Radio in Rapid City at 393-8121.
Contact Bill Harlan at 394-8424 or at firstname.lastname@example.org