South Dakota Mountain Lion Season Set for Two Years

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission agreed with a Department recommendation to make no changes to the 2017-18 mountain lion hunting season from the 2016-17 season during their September meeting in Sioux Falls.

The Black Hills Fire Protection District will have season dates of Dec. 26 – March 31 with a harvest limit of 60 mountain lions or 40 female mountain lions. This harvest limit includes mountain lions taken from Custer State Park.

Areas outside of the Black Hills Fire Protection unit will have a year-round season with no harvest limit.

The Commission also accepted a planned schedule from the Department to revise the South Dakota mountain lion management plan over the next 2 years. The adopted schedule includes multiple opportunities for public input into mountain lion management.