Sunday, February 07, 2010

29 cougars killed so far in S.D.'s sport hunting season

29 mountain lions harvested

Journal staff - Posted: Saturday, February 6, 2010 9:30 pm

Two more mountain lions were killed this weekend in the Black Hills area, raising to 29 the mountain lions killed thus far in South Dakota's 2010 hunting season. Nearly 75 percent of the big cats allowed to be killed have been taken.

On Friday, a male mountain lion was shot 6 miles northeast of Jewel Cave; a female was killed that same day 2 miles east of Harney Peak. Of the 29 mountain lions harvested, 18 -- or 72 percent -- are females, according to the informational hotline of the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks. The season will end March 31 or sooner if 25 female mountain lions or 40 total lions are killed.

Hunters are responsible for checking the harvest total before hunting by calling 866-895-9067. Hunters must report their kills within 24 hours at 394-2391, or call state radio at night and on weekends at 393-8121. The carcasses must be taken to the Rapid City office of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks, at 3305 W. South St.

http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/news/article_f498af66-139f-11df-9263-001cc4c03286.html

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