Seventeen cougars have been killed thus far in South Dakota’s 2015 Black Hills hunting season. Nine of the cats have been females. The quota for the Black Hills season is 75 cougars, or 50 females (whichever comes first). The season opened on December 26th, 2014 and runs through March 31st, 2015.
Quotas have remained relatively high in the Black Hills in recent years, as managers try to limit the numbers and distribution of the population. In response to fearsfrom livestock producers and houndsmen that the cats are spreading across the state, the Game, Fish and Parks Commission voted to allow hound hunting in the Prairie. We strongly opposed this rule change.
Click here to see our comment on South Dakota’s rule to expand hound hunting to the Prairie.