Embarrassed by the last two lion hunting seasons reaching mortality levels of only half of what was expected,* the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission apparently wants to make a better showing next year by reducing the quota to a level that might be reached and by increasing the number of lion hunters.
To that end, the Commission has proposed dropping next year's lion hunting quota within the Black Hills Fire Protection District from 75 mountain lions or 50 female lions to 60 and 40, respectively, and allowing up to 250 nonresidents to hunt mountain lions for $121 each.
In addition, the rules regarding the use of hounds in Custer State Park are being changed to allow more hounding within the park.
The Commission will finalize this proposal at their Oct. 1-2, 2015, meeting at the Spearfish Holiday Inn Convention Center. Written comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. To be part of the official public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. on Oct. 1 MDT. Please include your full name along with the city and state of residence. If you would like to comment in person, the public hearing will be held Oct.1, at 2 p.m. MDT.
* South Dakota hunters reported killing only 21 males and 22 females during the 2015 season. The 2014 season saw hunters take 22 males and 31 females.