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Belle Fourche is just north of the Black Hills.

Some states, such as South Dakota, have a zero tolerance policy toward cougars in developed areas.  Cougars only recently re-established a population in South Dakota.  Some other states, which have been continually occupied by cougars, do not have a such a policy.

Rapid City Journal

Young cougar killed near Belle Fourche

Milo Dailey Butte County Post

BELLE FOURCHE — Officials killed a young male mountain lion Friday after the injured cat had taken a deer carcass under a cedar tree in the yard of a rural home southeast of Belle Fourche in Lawrence County.

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AROUND THE DAKOTAS: Cougar shot in S.D. yard

Officials kill young cougar in S.D. yard

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. — A South Dakota conservation officer killed a young mountain lion that had killed a deer in a residential yard near Belle Fourche.

Bill Eastman with the Game, Fish and Parks Department said the lion also had an injured foot, making it more likely that the animal could pose problems around humans, livestock or pets.

The GF&P has a policy of removing any lions that are in residential areas or could pose problems.

It’s the third such removal in just over a month. Other lions considered a threat were killed in Deadwood and Rapid City, S.D

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