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(SD)-SD Mountain Lion Season Take Lowest Yet

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/10/2019 10:10 AM
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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