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Smoke Bomb & Backhoe Cougar Management

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As many predicted, as we predicted, despite SDGF& P’s re-estimate raising the Black Hills cougar census, and after several years of unsustainable quotas, 2013’s hunt came up significantly short of the 100 cat quota; 35 short of the female sub quota. However, an additional 17 cats were killed during the hunt for other reasons, at […]

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Dakota Midday Podcast    

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The controversial 2012- 2013 South Dakota cougar hunt begins on December 27th. The Cougar Rewilding Foundation, Mountain Lion Foundation, the Cougar Fund and other cougar advocates argued that SDFG&P’s revised cougar census for the Black Hills’ National Forest was conveniently raised as a thinly veiled excuse to simply kill more cougars, not a reflection of […]

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SDGF&P Missing the Point

Little surprise here the state endorsed the commisioner’s decision to raise the Black Hills cougar hunting quota. However, Kleppe v New Mexico determined that wildlife populations originating from federal property remains federal property under federal protection. The point that there is no groundswell for allowing the cats to roam the rest of the state, that […]

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Given the SDGF&P’s public polling found that 56% of South Dakota and Black Hills citizens wanted to see no change or an increase in the cougar population (and national public comments ran 8:1 against the management plan), we wonder if some social networking didn’t skew this poll. http://rapidcityjournal.com/blog/outside/killing-lions-or-more-journal-online-poll-shows-support/article_5386c372-f44f-11e1-9ca8-001a4bcf887a.html Rapid City Journal Not sure how many […]

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“That included the total number of lions killed, the number that were wearing functioning tracking collars (35) during the season and the number of lions wearing those collars (11) that were turned in by hunters.” For the mark-recapture method mentioned in this article to be valid, those “Marks” have to be added to a closed […]

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http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/opinion/forum-mountain-lion-policies-creating-more-problems/article_e0dbd39e-8ff8-5b2c-9de4-23dfed569db9.html Behold, the mystery of the century. Why are these young, malnourished mountain lions coming into human-occupied areas? It doesn’t take a wildlife biologist to explain this one. These are the slowly starving offspring of lion females killed during the lion hunting season.   Read more…

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