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Always a work in progress, this page is a collection of publications, articles, photos, reports, regulations, comment letters and legislation we have complied through the years.

Current efforts include making each publication an active link, either to the publication itself, or, for materials under strict copyright protection, to an abstract and an opportunity to purchase the material.

If you have publications to recommend to the library, or have comments or corrections, please use the link above and complete the online form.

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  • The status of Puma concolor in South Dakota.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in South Dakota.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in South Dakota.

  • Cougar science and research in South Dakota.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

South Dakota Cougar Files Sorted by Type

Scientific Research

  • Bourassa, M. A., 2001, Bighorn sheep restoration in Badlands National Park, South Dakota: lessons for cooperation. Crossing Boundaries in Park Managment: Proceedings of the 11th Conference on Research and Resource Management in Parks and on Public Lands, 112–117.
  • Feckse, D. M., J. A. Jenks, and F. G. Lindzey. 2003. Characteristics of mountain lion mortalities in the Black Hills, South Dakota. Proceedings of the Sixth Mountain Lion Workshop 25-29.
  • Fecske, D. M., J. A. Jenks, F. G. Lindzey, & S. L. Griffin, 2001, Effect of roads on habitat use by cougars. Dorothy M. Fecske, Jonathan, 5–6.
  • Gigliotti, L. M., 2002, Mountain Lions in South Dakota Mountain Lions in South Dakota A Public Opinion Survey – 2002.
  • Jansen, B. D., and J. A. Jenks, 2012. Birth Timing for Mountain Lions (Puma concolor); Testing the Prey Availability Hypothesis. PLoS ONE 7.
  • Jansen, B. D., & J. A. Jenks, 2011, Estimating body mass of pumas (Puma concolor). Wildlife Research 38(2) 147-151
  • Jenks, J. A. 2018. Mountain Lions of the Black Hills: History and Ecology. Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Long, E. S., R. A. Sweitzer, D. M. Fecske, J. A. Jenks, B. M. Pierce, & V. C. Bleich, 2003, Efficacy of photographic scent stations to detect mountain lions. Western North American Naturalist, 63
  • Thompson, D. J., J. A. Jenks, & D. M. Fecske, 2014, Prevalence of human-caused mortality in an unhunted cougar population and potential impacts to management. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 38
  • Thompson, D. J., & J. A. Jenks, 2010, Dispersal movements of subadult cougars from the Black Hills: the notions of range expansion and recolonization. Ecosphere, 1
  • Thompson, D. J., D. M. Fecske, J. A. Jenks, & A. R. Jarding, 2009, Food Habits of Recolonizing Cougars in the Dakotas: Prey Obtained from Prairie and Agricultural Habitats. The American Midland Naturalist,
  • Thompson, D. J., 2009, Population demographics of cougars in the Black Hills: survival, dispersal, mophometry, genetic structure, and associated interactions with density dependence
  • Thompson, D. J., & J. A. Jenks, 2005, Long-distance dispersal by a subadult male cougar from the Black Hills, South Dakota. Journal of Wildlife Management, 69

Agency Reports

  • SDGFP, 2019, Mortality Spreadsheet from John Kanta 1996-June 2019.
  • SDGFP, 2018, Mountain Lion Harvest Report 2017-2018.
  • SDGFP, 2017, Mountain Lion Status Report.
  • SDGFP, 2015, South Dakota moves to DNA to track mountain lion population.
  • SDGFP, 2014, Mountain Lion Mortalities, 10–12.
  • SDGFP, 2014, Mortality Spreadsheet from John Kanta 1996-Dec 2014.
  • SDGFP, 2014, SD Mountain Lion Management Plan—Public Comments, 1–80.
  • SDGFP, 2012, Female Lion Mortality Percentages 2005 -2012.pdf.
  • SDGFP, 2012, Mortality Spreadsheet from John Kanta 1996-April 2012.
  • SDGFP, 2012, Mountain Lion Season Harvest Stats.
  • SDGFP, 2007, A Look Back at South Dakota Mountain Lion Season.
  • SDGFP, 2007, South Dakota Mountain Lion Hunting Season.
  • SDGFP, 2007, Surveys Seek Evaluations from South Dakota Mountain Lion, Black Hills Deer Hunters.
  • SDGFP, 2006, Lion Harvested in Prairie Unit.
  • SDGFP, 2004, Lion Mortality 2002-2005.



  • Rapid City Journal, 2016, GF & P takes flak for proposed mountain lion hunt changes, 9–11.
  • MLF News, 2010, Analysis of submitted comments to SDGFP 2010-2015 Mountain Lion Management Plan.
  • MLF News, 2008, Comments on Ecologists Say Mountain Lions Moving South.
  • Rapid City Journal, 2008, Comments on 80-year-old Woman Shoots Mountain Lion in Her Yard. SD Rabit
  • Rapid City Journal, 2008, Comments on Keep Emotions Out of Lion Management.
  • Rapid City Journal, 2008, Comments on Man Defends Account of Lion Attack.
  • Rapid City Journal, 2008, Comments on Orphaned Mountain Lions Sent to Zoos.
  • Rapid City Journal, 2008, Comments on 80-year-old Woman’s Cougar Being Mounted for Museum. SD Rab
  • Rapid City Journal, 2008, Comments on Wildcat Chased all Night, Killed Near Boston’s.
  • Rapid City Journal, 2007, Comments on Lions VS Big Horn Lambs.
  • Rapid City Journal, 2007, Comments on Saving Kittens and Sacrificing Wildlife Management on the Al
  • Rapid City Journal, 2007, Comments on Should State Kill Mountain Lions to Protect Sheep. SD Rabit
  • Argus Leader, 2007, Cougar Sightings No Cause for Alarm.
  • Argus Leader, n.d., Comments on Central USA Sees Mountain Lion Migrations.

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Environmental Scorecard

League of Conservation Voters

The League of Conservation Voters' scorecard considers the State Legislature's environmental records since 1971. It quantifies the environmental votes of each individual legislator — an important first step in considering accountability — and provides critical qualitative assessments as well. The scorecard will help you to know your legislator before you write a letter in support of cougars.

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Becoming a Mountain Lion Activist

There are lots of opportunities to take action!

Are you new to mountain lion activism? You want to change your local environment to improve it for cougars... but you don't know how to start. You may feel like you are all alone... but it takes just one person to change the attitudes and lifestyles of hundreds of others. You don't need to belong to a group. It doesn't take special skills or superhuman abilities. You just need to care enough about cougars to want to help them survive. You've already done the hard part, now let us help you with the next step.



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