South Dakota’s Animal of the Month: Mountain Lion

Mountain lions have the largest range of any mammal in the Western Hemisphere, beside us humans. They can be found from Canada to Argentina and South Dakota is no exception. There have been many sightings in the last few years due to increasing populations in the Black Hills.

Mountain lions remain elusive and tend to live solitary lives. The chance of spotting a lion is a rare occasion, even in lion country. Mountain lions also have many names such as puma, cougar, and panther.

Once heavily hunted and almost decimated, the mountain lion is now managed in South Dakota. The current mountain lion season lasts from January 1st to March 31st, or until 40 males or 25 females are taken.


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