Game, Fish and Parks officers killed a healthy 91-pound male mountain lion in Wall city limits Dec. 9, the Rapid City Journal reported.
The animal crawled into a hole and did not emerge when smoke bombs were dropped in but only after crews began excavating the spot.
While lions largely live in the Black Hills, he said young males sometimes stray onto the plains in search of new territory. The Cheyenne River, near Wall, is considered a "lion corridor."
Learn more about mountain lions, from basic facts about the species to hunting information, from the state Game, Fish and Parks Department.
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