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2 mountain lions killed during 1st day of season in Black Hills Fire Protection District


RAPID CITY, South Dakota — Wildlife officials in South Dakota say two mountain lions were killed during the first day of the season within the Black Hills Fire Protection District.

The season began Friday and will conclude on March 31, unless the harvest limit of 75 total mountain lions, or 50 female lions, is reached prior to that date. The mountain lion season outside of the Black Hills district runs year-round.

One of the lions killed Friday was a 102-pound female estimated to be 8 years old. The other lion was a 151-pound male estimated to be 10 years old.

The state has had a residents-only mountain lion season since 2005. Unlimited licenses for the season can be obtained through the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department.


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