The South Dakota Wildlife Division is recommending the harvest limit for mountain lions for the 2016 season be reduced, among other recommended changes, at this week’s Game, Fish and Parks Commission meeting in Aberdeen, reports the Black Hills Pioneer.
In both 2014 and 2015, the limit was set at 75 total lions or 50 females, whichever was met first. 2015 saw 21 males and 22 females killed, and 2014 reported 22 males and 31 females. The Wildlife Division is recommending that the 2016 season limit be lowered to 60 total lions or 40 females. They are also recommending that non-resident tags be made available for the first time, with a total of 250 licenses priced at $121. Up until now, only South Dakota residents were able to purchase mountain lion licenses for a fee of $28.
Also discussed at the meeting are possible changes for 2016 in Custer State Park hunts.
A proposal for the possible changes will be finalized this week, and a public hearing regarding the lion season proposal will be held at the Game, Fish and Parks Commission’s next meeting in October.