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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 sound science. The new quota is 100, including a female sub quota of 70, an 80% take of their estimated breeding females. 

As CRF, MLF and others have maintained, that’s a recipe not for sustaining the Black Hills’ cougar population, but for extermination. If we’re right about there being fewer adult cougars than SD has estimated, those quotas will not be reached.

Mountain Lion Foundation

 

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