Monday, February 02, 2009

S.D. House endorses "threat" as reason to kill cougar

House endorses threat as reason to kill lion

Feb 2 2009 4:43PM
Associated Press

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) The South Dakota House says anyone who feels threatened by a mountain lion should be able to kill it but not keep the pelt or carcass.

The House voted 37-32 to pass HB1004, which sponsors say puts in law what is existing state Game, Fish and Parks Department policy.

Under the proposed law, a lion could be killed if were perceived as a threat to someone's life. A lion could also be killed if it were an imminent threat to livestock or pets.

House members said letting people keep a pelt under those conditions could encourage trophy hunters to claim they had to shoot an animal because it was a threat.


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