(SD)-SD GF&P Comm Kills Non-Resident Mountain Permit Plan
SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission on Friday rejected a proposal to allow non-residents to join this season's mountain lion hunt, which starts December 26 in the Black Hills.
The commission did approve lowering the maximum number of big cats that be killed from last year's 75 total lions or 50 females, whichever was reached first, to 60 total or 40 females.
The Rapid City Journal reports the proposal to issue non-resident mountain lion permits for $121, the same fee as for non-resident pheasant permits, was rejected after considerable discussion and review of more than 150 oral and written public comments...the vast majority opposed to the idea.
Some opponents were against the mountain lion season all together, some felt the season should be limited to just South Dakota residents, and some thought the proposed fee was too low.
Mountain lion permit fees held fund the state's mountain lion management program, including research into habitat and the interaction between cougars, wildlife, livestock, and humans.
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