The draft management plan establishes a population objective of 200-300 mountain lions in the Black Hills region. However, this objective is not scientifically sound and falsely reinforces the idea that mountain lion populations need to be managed with lethal force.
Please email South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks by 3 PM Pacific Time on August 26, 2019 and ask for an end to hunting mountain lions. There's just too little habitat, too much human-caused mortality, and too few mountain lions to justify a hunt. Remember, South Dakota's wildlife belongs to everyone, not only to hunters.
The revision will be presented at the September 5-6 GFP Commission meeting in Spearfish and adopted at either the meeting on September 5-6 or October 3-4, along with new hunting season limits that may be proposed in September. The agendas for the meetings will be posted here when it becomes available.
Mountain Lion Foundation Comment Letter to the Department
Mountain Lion Foundation Comment Letter to the Commission
Public comments will be accepted through
10 p.m. Pacific Time, August 26, 2019.
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
523 E Capitol
Pierre SD 57501
To be included in the public record, comments must include a full name and city of residence.
Comments from out of state, or internationally, are welcome.
Speaking to the Game Agency face-to-face is much more effective than sending an email. So if you are able to attend the meeting, please do so.
WHEN: September 5-6, 2019
WHERE: Spearfish Holiday Inn Convention Center, 305 North 27th Street, Spearfish, SD 57783
Please also send MLF a copy of your letter and cc emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thank you so very much for taking the time to help protect South Dakota's mountain lions!
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The Mountain Lion Foundation, founded in 1986, is a national nonprofit organization protecting mountain lions and their habitat.
We believe that mountain lions are in peril.
Our nation is on the verge of destroying this apex species upon which whole ecosystems depend. Hunting mountain lions is morally unjustified, and killing lions to prevent conflicts is ineffective and dangerous.
There is a critical need to know more about the biology, behavior, and ecology of mountain lions, and governments should base decisions upon truthful science, valid data, and the highest common good. Conserving critical lion habitat is essential.