In early August of 2019, dozens of our members wrote to the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks (SDGFP) and requested that the Department end trophy hunting of lions as part of the Draft South Dakota Mountain Lion Management Plan (2019-2029). Later in August, we then asked you to submit comments to the SDGFP Commission, imploring that the Commission not approve the Plan.
The draft Plan establishes a population objective of 200-300 mountain lions in the Black Hills region. However, this objective is not scientifically sound and falsely reinforces the idea that mountain lion populations need to be managed with lethal force. The draft Plan was presented at the September 5-6 SDGFP Commission meeting in Spearfish.
At the September Commission meeting in Spearfish, SDGFP proposed a new Administrative Action Proposal and, if approved, would make it possible for out of state trophy hunters to kill mountain lions in South Dakota. SDGFP also proposed their 2019/20, 2020/21 hunting seasons quotas.
There's just too little habitat, too much human-caused mortality, and too few mountain lions to justify a hunt. Remember, South Dakota's wildlife belongs to everyone, not only to hunters.
Mountain Lion Foundation Comment Letter to the Department
Mountain Lion Foundation Comment Letter to the Commission
Public comments on their proposed mountain lion 2019/20, 2020/21 hunting seasons and resident/ non-resident criteria will be accepted 72 hours prior to the October 3, 2019 Commission meeting online via SDGFP's online portal: https://gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions/
Comments can be mailed to:
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
523 E Capitol
Pierre SD 57501
To be included in the public record, comments must include a full name and city of residence and meet the submission deadline of seventy-two hours before the public hearing (not including the day of public hearing).
Speaking to the Game Agency face-to-face is much more effective than sending an email. So if you are able to attend the next meeting, please do so.
WHEN: October 3, 2019 at 2:00 PM CT
WHERE: AmericInn 1981 E King Street, Chamberlain, South Dakota 57325
Please also send MLF a copy of your letter and cc emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thank you so very much for taking the time to help protect South Dakota's mountain lions!
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The Mountain Lion Foundation, founded in 1986, is a national nonprofit organization protecting mountain lions and their habitat.
We believe that mountain lions are in peril.
Our nation is on the verge of destroying this apex species upon which whole ecosystems depend. Hunting mountain lions is morally unjustified, and killing lions to prevent conflicts is ineffective and dangerous.
There is a critical need to know more about the biology, behavior, and ecology of mountain lions, and governments should base decisions upon truthful science, valid data, and the highest common good. Conserving critical lion habitat is essential.