Mountain lion threatens Custer dairy farm, and mother and son take action

Published: Sep. 26, 2017 at 7:23 PM CDT
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"It was either take it out or it was going to be back and take more of my livestock."

Lila Streff, a dairy farmer in Custer, and her 14-year-old son Dalton had to make a quick choice when a mountain lion attacked one of her goats and killed it.

"He saw it do that and he quickly loaded his gun and shot it."

A billy goat can be sold anywhere from $150 to as much as $600, and if mother and son didn't act, the lion could have taken more.

"People are doing their breeding, so we are selling these billy goats. So yea it's a loss, it's a goat I could have sold," said Streff.

The hunting season for mountain lions in the Black Hills begins on Dec. 26, but the law allows someone to take action when a lion threatens them or their property.

"We look at as if a mountain lion was going to hurt their pet or livestock, or damage their property, they can definitely take action," said John Kanta, Regional Terrestrial Supervisor for South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks.

Mountain lions can be dangerous but there has never been a confirmed attack on a human in the Black Hills. But there are signs you can look for to tell if a mountain lion is near your property.

"It's good if you can identify a mountain lion track. They cover up their prey so identifying them like that is good way to know if a mountain lion is in the area."

As for Streff's farm, she says even though the loss affects them, they are grateful the lion is gone before it took any other animals .