In South Dakota, human persecution drove mountain lions locally extinct in 1905 and the state was not recolonized with a breeding pair until the early 1970s. Recovery doesn’t happen overnight, and it is critical that we monitor and understand population size and dynamics before removing protections.
Despite continually unreliable population estimates, mountain lions in South Dakota are no longer considered a threatened species and are now classified as a big game species. As a hunted species, mountain lions are killed in far greater numbers than their population can likely withstand.
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is accepting public comments on their proposed mountain lion 2019/20, 2020/21 hunting seasons and resident/ non-resident criteria prior to the Commission meeting on October 3-4, 2019. They will continue to accept comments on the draft mountain lion management plan until the October meeting.
The draft management plan includes current management practices, including the season setting practice, structure, and strategies, population survey information for South Dakota's mountain lions, mountain lion research conducted throughout the state, and more.
A draft of the revised mountain lion management plan can be found online at gfp.sd.gov/management-plans under "Plans Up for Revision".
At the September Commission meeting in Spearfish, SDGFP proposed a new Administrative Action Proposal and, if approved, would make it possible for out-of-state trophy hunters to kill mountain lions in South Dakota. SDGFP also proposed their 2019/20, 2020/21 hunting seasons quotas.
Public comments on their proposed mountain lion 2019/20, 2020/21 hunting seasons and resident/ non-resident criteria will be accepted 72 hours prior to the October 3, 2019 Commission meeting online via SDGFP's online portal: https://gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions/
Comments can be mailed to:
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 and meet the submission deadline of seventy-two hours before the public hearing (not including the day of public hearing).
Speaking to the Game Agency face-to-face is much more effective than sending an email. So if you are able to attend the next meeting, please do so.
WHEN: October 3, 2019 at 2:00 PM CT
WHERE: AmericInn 1981 E King Street, Chamberlain, South Dakota 57325
To learn more about the draft management plan, talking points for your comment letter, and information on how to get involved, visit our Action Alert now!