In the box below you will find all the governing state statutes, mountain lion legal status, state laws, information about the state legislature, initiative and referendum processes, and the state wildlife agency, mountain lion management plans, mountain lion hunting laws, depredation laws, and other regulations as appropriate.
Generally, treatment of wildlife in the State of South Dakota is governed by the South Dakota Codified Laws -- the collection of all current laws passed by the state legislature. Since our summary below may not be completely up to date, you should be sure to review the most current law for the State of South Dakota.
You can check the statutes directly at a state-managed website: http://legis.sd.gov/statutes/Codified_Laws/
These statutes are searchable. Be sure to use the name "mountain lion" to accomplish your searches.
The state regulations concerning mountain lions can be found in the Department of Game, Fish and Parks section of Article 41 of the Administrative Rules of South Dakota. The regulations are set by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission.
The South Dakota Legislature is a part-time, bicameral state legislature. The lower chamber -- the House of Representatives -- is made up of 70 members who serve 2-year terms. The Republican Party has controlled the South Dakota House of Representatives since at least 1992. The upper chamber -- the Senate -- consists of 35 members who also serve 2-year terms. The Republican Party has controlled the South Dakota Senate since 1995. Members of both chambers are limited to four terms. If you do not know who your state legislators are, the state maintains this website: Who Are My Legislators to help you find your legislators. If you already know who your legislators are, you can contact them using the House of Representatives Roster and the Senate Roster .
The South Dakota Constitution requires the state legislature to convene regular sessions at noon on the second Tuesday of January each year. The state constitution does not limit the duration of regular sessions, but the legislature generally adjourns in late March. The governor may call special sessions of either chamber or the legislature as a whole. The legislature may also call itself into special sessions upon the written request of two-thirds of the members of each house. There is no limit on the length of special sessions, but the legislature may use the session to conduct business on the subject for which it was convened.