Tuesday, March 13, 2007

S.D. GF&P tracks mountain lion deaths


State wildlife officials documented 56 mountain lion deaths in South Dakota last year.

Sixteen lions were killed during the hunting season. Another 16 were killed by the Game, Fish and Parks Department because they were considered "problem lions" that were a threat to people, livestock or pets.

Nine lions died after being hit by vehicles and seven were caught in snares or traps.

The GF&P keeps track of lion deaths so it has an idea how many lions are in the state.

All the reported lion deaths were in six counties: Fall River, Lawrence, Custer, Pennington, Harding, and Todd.


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