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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 least 6 of them likely orphaned by the hunt, a number that will rise as orphaned, inexperienced ┬ájuveniles and kittens are drawn into foraging in residential areas.

CRF Vice President John Laundre and director Jay Tischendorf chime in in several sources.

Rapid City Journal

South Dakota NPR

2013 hunt totals, including totals from previous hunts







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