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Surveys Seek Evaluations From South Dakota Mountain Lion, Black Hills Deer Hunters

From South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department

-- Hunters with licenses for South Dakota's mountain lion and Black Hills deer seasons will soon receive season surveys from the Game, Fish and Parks Department.

"These surveys provide critical information about hunter attitudes toward the seasons," said Larry Gigliotti, planning coordinator/human dimensions specialist for the S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department. "Surveys like these help guide the staff as they consider management changes."

The survey of Black Hills deer hunters is in its 12th year with questions this year seeking an evaluation of the season and opinions about the changes in the types of licenses that were available.

This is the third mountain lion season and, according to Gigliotti, hunter participation in the season survey is crucial. "In each year, the mountain lion season has undergone changes," Gigliotti said. "Tracking hunter reactions to those changes will help guide the direction for the next season."

Surveys are going out to all hunters who received mountain lion licenses and to one fourth of the hunters who got licenses for the Black Hills deer season. "We ask hunters to please complete the surveys they receive," Gigliotti said. "It only takes a few minutes to complete the survey and hunter participation in this process ensures that the surveys have scientific value."

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