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GF&P Commission sets lion harvest limit

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The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has set a harvest limit for the 2014 mountain lion season.    

After testimony from several people from all across the Black Hills Thursday, commissioners unanimously passed the proposal set forth by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department.  It asked for a quota of 75 mountain lions or 50 females. That's 25 less than last year's quota.

Hunters killed just 61 mountain lions, including 35 female cats, in the season that ended on Mar. 31.

The finalization of the season came with very little discussion by commissioners but not before area cougar advocates, houndsmen and hunters had their say.   

"There are all kinds of cats in the Black Hills. You give us a chance to have 100, and I think we'd get it if we had a good snow.   If we don't have a good snow, we probably won't," said Tim Goodwin of Rapid City. 

"If you cut down the number of cats, you're going to see a tremendous skyrocketing of coyotes," said Dean Flage of Sturgis.

Concerns were also voiced about the prairie lion hunt, which is year round.  And, a handful of people urged the commission to allow the use of hounds on private land.

This year's season begins Dec. 26.

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