South Dakota concludes the 2016 mountain lion hunting season in the Black Hills Fire Protection District with 41 reported kills.
On March 31, 2016, the South Dakota drew to a close its 2016 mountain lion hunting season inside the Black Hills Fire Protection District.
While the general mountain lion season is open year round for residents of the state, the Black Hills Fire Protection District 2016 season ran from the day after Christmas, Dec. 26th, 2015, through the end of March.
Beginning in 2005 with an experimental mountain lion season, 2016 marks South Dakota’s 11th mountain lion hunting season. Each year the state establishes a quota for lions based on gender and population inside the district.
An overall quota is generated as well as a quota for female lions only. The state will close the limited season upon reaching either quota, regardless of which is met first. If neither quota is met, the season ends on March 31st.
For 2016 the quota of mountain lions was 60 total, or 40 females. Hunters harvested 25 females and 16 males to tally the 41 total kills for the season ending days ago. In both 2014 and 2015, the state established an overall quota set at 75 total cats. The 2014 season ended with 53 reported kills, and 2015 concluded with 43 known harvests.
A full harvest report for the state including the gender, approximate age, and weight of all harvested cats can be found here, or by visiting the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks website.