By Chad Dahlke, Black Hills Pioneer April 09, 2007
DEADWOOD - The mountain lion population in the Black Hills is increasing and the hunting season has sparked quite the controversy for several residents. Local authorities have organized an educational session for those interested. On Thursday, April 12 at 5:15 p.m., the Adams Museum in Deadwood will host a presentation on mountain lions in the Black Hills. The event is open to the public and free of charge.
Detective Greg Nelson of the Deadwood Police Department will conduct the discussion. Nelson will present information based on a comprehensive study on mountain Lions in the Black Hills. Nelson commented, "I'm going to cover some do's and don'ts about keeping mountain lions out of town and I will also go over the posture of the cat and certain attack positions." Nelson will discuss important facts and safety issues regarding contact with mountain lions. Nelson will also talk about the history of mountain lions in the Black Hills and more specifically in the Deadwood area.
The presentation will also include an examination of the mountain lion hunting season. Lawrence County Wildlife Officer, Mike Apland, will be on hand to answer questions. Topics related to the hunting season will range from the reason for the season and the possible alternatives to hunting mountain lions in the Hills. Nelson said, "I believe you have to contain what you have and it comes down to population control. The Black Hills are a certain size and overflows can become a problem."
Detective Nelson started with the Deadwood Police Department in 1984 and he is currently the department's First Investigator. Last year he was involved in tracking a mountain lion near Deadwood, which is currently on display at the Adams Museum.
The Adams Museum is located on 54 Sherman St. in Deadwood and is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Deadwood and the Black Hills.