The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has proposed a mountain lion hunting season that would allow hunters to shoot more big cats next winter.
The proposal is based on recommendations from wildlife biologists. It would allow hunters to shoot a total of 100 mountain lions or 70 females. The season would run from Dec. 26 to March 31, but would close early if 100 total lions or 70 females are shot.
Last winter's season set a quota of 70 lions or 50 females.
The commission will make a final decision on the season after a public hearing in Deadwood on Oct. 4.
Some hunters argue more cougars should be shot because they kill Black Hills deer and elk. Other people contend too many mountain lions are being killed.