This year the mountain lion season in South Dakota started on January 1st. It was set to go until March 31st, or until 50 females had been taken or 70 total mountain lions had been taken. It was the latter that closed the season. 70 mountain lions were harvested in the 2 months since the season opened.
Wildlife commissioners increased the quota on mountain lions this year. It is believed that they are the primary predator of the Black Hills deer and elk. In efforts to increase the deer and elk population, they voted to increase the quota on the mountain lions.
Black Hills Mountain Lion Foundation President Sharon Seneczko believes that the mountain lion population is declining enough in the area, and that the commission does not need to increase the quota. From KDLTNews.com .