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GF&P proposes lion license fee increase

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed bumping up mountain lion licensing fees when it suggested changes for the 2011 season.

The license fee would be increased to $25 from $15. Also proposed was an increase in the harvest limit to 45 mountain lions, or 30 females, in conjunction with the Jan. 1-March 31 season.

The commission also proposed to open Custer State Park’s boundaries to mountain lion hunters, and to give those hunters the option of using dogs.

The Custer State Park Season would be the same as the Black Hills Mountain Lion Season and would allow five resident hunters, chosen by lottery, to harvest one adult lion each. The license for this season would be $305.

Hunters would not be allowed to have more than one mountain lion license in any one year, and any hunter who received a Custer State Park license in any of the preceding nine years may not apply for a license in that season.

Citizens who want to provide written comments may do so until Oct. 6. Comments may be mailed to Game, Fish and Parks Commission, 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD, 57501, or e-mailed to wildinfo@state.sd.us.

Comments may also be presented in person during the GF&P Commission public hearing, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. MDT on Oct. 7 at the Spearfish Canyon Lodge.

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