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Former SD gubernatorial candidate ticketed for illegally killing mountain lion

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A former state senator and Republican candidate for governor in 2010 has been ticketed for illegally killing a mountain lion.
 
According to the complaint filed with the Pennington County Clerk of Courts, Gordon Howie of Rapid City shot and killed an 84-pound female lion that was in a trap that was intended for a bobcat.

It happened at the end of January near the west end of the Spring Creek Game Production Area.
 
The investigation was launched when the biologist checking-in the lion noticed that it had sunken eyes, dirt in its mouth and a swollen foot with broken toes ... all indicative of being in a trap.

The lion was seized and when it was inspected at the regional office, the biologist discovered the big cat was pregnant with three kittens.
 
In a phone conversation with Howie, he admitted shooting the lion. He says he was unaware it was pregnant.

A March 19th court date is set. Because it is a class one misdemeanor, Howie faces a maximum penalty of a year in jail and/or a $2,000 fine.

He will also lose his mountain lion hunting license.

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