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Mountain Lion and Bobcat Hunting Seasons Finalized


PIERRE, SD (KELO AM) -  There were no proposed changes to the upcoming mountain lion hunting season nor were there proposed changes to the bobcat hunting and trapping season at the recent South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission meeting.  As a result, there will be no public hearing and both seasons will follow the same structure as last year.

The mountain lion hunting season begins Dec. 26, 2014, and ends on March 31, 2015. The harvest limit is set at 75 total lions or 50 female lions; whichever comes first.  If either harvest limit is reached, the season then closes in the Black Hills Fire Protection Unit. However, the statewide mountain lion hunting season runs year round, with no harvest limits. Custer State Park (CSP) will have eight separate hunting intervals; four of which will allow the use of dogs. Licensed mountain lion hunters can apply for a free CSP access permit, drawn in a lottery process.

The bobcat trapping and hunting season begins Dec. 26, 2014, and ends on Feb. 15, 2015 for all West River counties. For Buffalo, Brule, Charles Mix, Bon Homme and Yankton counties, the season begins Dec. 26, 2014, and ends Jan. 18, 2015. Trappers or hunters who participate in the East River bobcat season are limited to one bobcat per person.

For more information on mountain lion hunting in South Dakota, visit http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/big-game/mountain-lion.aspx and for more on the bobcat hunting season, visit http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/predator-varmint-furbearer/default.aspx.