South Dakota Mtn Lion Plan Available for Review

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The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is offering citizens an opportunity to review a draft of a new five-year management plan for mountain lions.

The South Dakota Mountain Lion Management Plan 2010-2015 describes how state authorities propose to manage mountain lions in South Dakota. The draft is available for review through July 26. Interested residents are encouraged to submit comments on the plan by that deadline.

Game, Fish and Parks held public meetings earlier this year to inform the public about mountain lion management and gather input on the future direction of mountain lion management in the state, said Tony Leif, Wildlife Division director. A primary goal in the draft is to maintain a viable but reduced population of mountain lions in the Black Hills.

View the draft management plan and provide feedback online at http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/big-game/mountain-lion.aspx.

Request a printed copy of the report or submit written comments to: Game, Fish and Parks Department, 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD, 57501.