From the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department
-- The Game, Fish and Parks Department personnel will be on the road over the next few weeks visiting with citizens about mountain lions.
“We are in the process of updating South Dakota’s mountain lion management plan,” said Tony Leif, GFP Wildlife Division director. “An important early step in that process is public input.”
Leif said Game and Fish staff will travel to locations around the state in March and April to hold public meetings. Information gained from the meetings will be worked into a mountain lion management draft plan in April and made available to the public for a 30 day comment period. The management plan will be finalized in time for the August GFP Commission meeting when the mountain lion hunting season will be proposed.
“Not only will this be an opportunity for the public to provide input, but our staff also will have details from research on mountain lions we have completed over the past few years,” Leif said.
Public meetings planned
• Spearfish – March 22, 6-8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn
• Sioux Falls – March 23, 7-9 p.m. at The Outdoor Campus
• Yankton – March 24, 7-9 p.m. at the Archery Center
• Mitchell – March 25, 7-9 p.m. at the MTI Tech Center
• Hot Springs – March 29, 7-9 p.m. at the Mueller Center
• Buffalo – March 30, 6-8 p.m. at the Buffalo Rec. Center
• Custer – March 31, 7-9 p.m. at the County Annex Building
• Rapid City, April 1, 7-9 p.m. at the Best Western Ramkota
• Aberdeen, April 12, 7-9 p.m. at the Ramada
• Winner, April 13, 7-9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn
• Pierre, April 14, 7-9 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce
Meeting locations and times will be also posted at www.sdgfp.info under What’s New.