(SD)-SD Mountain Lion Season Take Lowest Yet
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's latest mountain lion hunting season had the lowest number of animals taken in its 10 years of existence. South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks says just 21 mountain lions were killed during season, which ran Dec. 26-March 31.
That's far below the season limit of 60 total lions or 40 females, whichever is reached first, and a 40% drop from the 35 big cats killed each of the last 2 seasons. The harvest total continues a downward trend ever since 56 lions were killed in the 2012-2013 season
The largest lion shot this season was a 5-year-old male weighing 161 pounds in Lawrence County while the smallest was a 9-month-old cat weighing 74 pounds.
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