Mountain lion likely the reason for dead deer in Cleghorn Canyon - KOTA Territory News

Mountain lion likely the reason for dead deer in Cleghorn Canyon


A deer found dead this past week is most likely the prey of a mountain lion say residents, now they want Game Fish and Parks to remove the animal.
Linda Eddie a resident of Cleghorn Canyon in Rapid City and her neighbors say they set up a tree cam, and discovered it was the work of a mountain lion.

Cleghorn residents say they are concerned for their safety, their pets safety, and safety of children that live in the area.

But, especially because they say the lion attacked in broad daylight.
"It happened in the middle of the day when people are outside. There is blood on my yard and blood on my deck. It's just getting too close for comfort," says Eddie.
Linda Eddie and her neighbors have contacted Game Fish and Parks in Rapid City, and say they were upset that they won't come remove the mountain lion.

Mike Kintigh, Regional Supervisor of Game Fish and Parks says he understands their concern, but the protocol they must follow will not allow them to kill the animal.

He says if it was attacking domesticated animals, or inside the city limits they would act immediately.
"I understand their concern I really do, but right now we are in a watch and wait mode. If the situation escalates by all means we'll go in and remove the lion, which Game Fish and Parks has shown they will do before," says Kintigh.
Cleghorn Canyon is off Highway 44 about one mile outside of Rapid City city limits, on the west side of town.

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