Apparently such is the case again. Despite the flurry of e-mails, calls, and petition signatures presented by MLF, as well as calm insightful testimony by Black Hills Mountain Lion Foundation President, Sharon Seneczko, as well as representatives of sportsmen-oriented groups such as the Izaak Walton League and South Dakota Wildlife Federation, the Commission chose to believe the small group of attending lion hunters who testified on their belief that South Dakota’s lions were responsible for eating 13,000 deer each year: thereby making it harder for them to do the same.
While the new hunting quota of 100 lions may seem small when compared to that of other states, South Dakota’s new “official” lion population estimate (which most experts discount as exaggerated to justify the Commission’s actions) is a total statewide population of only 303 lions: 45 adult males, 87 adult females, 33 sub-adult males, 35 sub-adult females and 103 kittens.
If the female quota is reached–which has happened almost every season–hunters could kill 80 percent of South Dakota’s adult female lion population, a possibility that has many biologists shaking their heads in disbelief.
this is horrible news, I don't understand how these people can just set quota's for death. if it were people everyone would be horrified!
is there any thing I a 17 year old, can do about this?
I feel like my efforts wouldn't amount to what an adult can do since I don't have any income. but I have to do some thing!