State moves to reduce mountain lion population

A new five-year management plan is proposed for mountain lions in South Dakota. (Photo courtesy of USDA National Wildlife Research Center media archives)

State wildlife officials say there are about 250 mountain lions in South Dakota, and that’s too many. They’ve released a new five-year management plan for the animal that calls for its numbers to be reduced to 175.

That target population would be reached through hunting. South Dakota began allowing mountain lion hunting in 2005 and has had a season every year since. In the years leading up to 2005, mountain lions were increasing in number and ranging out of the Black Hills. Reports of mountain lions abounded out on the plains and prairies, and fears of attacks on animals and humans rose.

State officials responded with a hunting season that was challenged by some animal activists, but the seasons have been judged a success by many other observers.

To read more on this issue, click here to see the proposed management plan, or click here to see a recent story by the newspaper I work for, The Daily Republic.

Categories: General News, Wildlife

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.


  1. Nick Ming
    Nick Ming 21 June, 2011, 18:32

    South Dakota
    human population 800,000
    cougar population 250

    If you’re not afraid….. you should be.

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