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PIERRE, S.D –The 2009 mountain lion hunting season will begin on January 1st. The season will have two major several changes, including licensed landowners being able to harvest lions on their own land outside the Black Hills Fire Protection District year round with the 2009 Mountain Lion license. to previous years including a larger quota of lions.

The second noted change is Tthe season will running from January 1 to March 31. , but The mountain lion season will end earlier if either the 35 lions or 15 female lions harvest limit are harvestedis reached sooner than March 31.

All of South Dakota is open to hunting with the exception of areas closed to hunting by the federal government, Custer State Park and portions of Indian Reservations where hunting is regulated by tribal governments.

Hunters successfully harvesting a mountain lion are required to bring the whole, entire carcass and pelt to a GFP Extension Trapper, Conservation Officer or Wildlife Biologist within 24 hours of harvest. All lions harvested in the Black Hills region must be presented to Game, Fish and Parks staff at the Rapid City GFP Regional Office at 3305 West South Street. Hunters harvesting a lion outside of the Black Hills can call the Rapid City office or their local GFP representative to arrange for an inspection.

Hunters can call the Rapid City GFP office Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 605-394-2391 to make arrangements for inspections. On nights and weekends, successful hunters should call State Radio at 605-393-8121 to arrange to have a GFP representative meet the hunter.

 

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