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GFP Commission Considers Two Petitions for Changes to Mountain Lion Rules





PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission rejected one petition and accepted another petition requesting changes to the existing mountain lion season at their October meeting.

The first petition asked to remove the restrictions of the use of hounds on public land outside of the Black Hills Fire Protection District. After a thorough discussion, the GFP Commission accepted the petition as a proposal for expanded use of hounds to hunt mountain lions outside the Black Hills Fire Protection District. If adopted at the November GFP Commission meeting, the net result would allow the pursuit of mountain lions on other public lands open to hunting; including U.S. Forest Service lands. Hunts which include the use of hounds must still originate on private land.

The GFP Commission denied the second petition which was a request to remove the rule language that states hunters “must take the first legal lion treed” (in regards to the legal use of hounds while mountain lion hunting).

For more information on the petitions and proposal, please visithttp://gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/default.aspx.

The Commission will finalize this proposal Nov. 2-3, 2017, at the McCrory Gardens in Brookings.  Written comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be part of the public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. CDT on Nov. 2. Please include a full name along with the city and state of residence. To comment in person, the public hearing will be held Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. CDT at McCrory Gardens in Brookings.

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