The 2007 South Dakota mountain lion hunting season closed last November 23, and the subsequent season is skipping 2008 and will start January 1.
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department says the 2009 season is scheduled to run until March 31 but will end earlier if either a 35 lion or 15 female lion limit is reached sooner.
In 2007, 12 of the first 13 lions killed were females.
Another major change allows landowners to shoot lions on their own land outside the Black Hills Fire Protection District year around with the 2009 mountain lion license.
The department says hunters need to check the status of the season before each day of hunting. Updated totals will be posted on the GF&P Web site.
Learn more about big cats and Big Cat Rescue at http://www.bigcatrescue.org