South Dakota Mtn Lion Season Might Include Custer State Park

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A proposal being considered by the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission would allow South Dakota hunters to harvest up to 60 mountain lions in the coming season.

The measure, which will be finalized at the commission's October meeting in Rapid City, also includes a sub-harvest limit of 40 female lions.

The proposed season would run from Jan. 1 through March 31, 2012, but would end if either the harvest limit of 60 total lions or 40 females is reached.

Custer State Park has been proposed to be a part of the statewide season and included in both the total and female harvest limits. To hunt in the park, a random drawing process will allow a minimum of 15 people to hunt in there for a 15-day period. Hunters would apply via the GFP website to hunt inside Custer State Park boundaries.

To view the proposed mountain lion season, visit:

Written comments on the proposal can be sent to Game, Fish and Parks, 523 E Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501 or via email to

The proposal will be decided at the GFP Commission's Oct. 6 meeting in Rapid City at The Outdoor Campus-West. Public comments on the next mountain lion season will be allowed that day at 2 p.m. MDT.