Game, Fish, and Parks (GF&P) plans to offer non-resident hunting licenses for mountain lions at a cost of $121 during the hunting season, which runs from December 26, 2015 to March 31, 2016. According to a Rapid City Journal article, this has upset many Black Hills residents, as the fee would be the same for a non-residents to hunt pheasants. The Commission held a 90 minute session on Thursday, October 1, to listen to opposers of the plan.
GF&P has also lowered the quota for this hunting season to 60 animals or 40 females, whichever comes first. This is in response to a lowered mountain lion population. Many, however, are concerned about overhunting and potentially losing the species as a whole in the area. GF&P's goal is to have a population of 175 mountain lions, and it is estimated the number of animals has declined below that. Some have said there should be no mountain lion hunting season at all this year.
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