Mountain lion hunting proposal advances in South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Commission is considering a proposal that would allow hunters who use dogs to begin a mountain lion hunt on private land to continue onto most public land outside the Black Hills.

The Rapid City Journal reports the commission voted Thursday to advance the South Dakota Houndsman Association's petition to a proposal.

The association sometimes obtains licenses to hunt problem mountain lions for landowners outside the Black Hills. But the hunt must stop if lions move from private land onto certain parcels of public land where hunting with dogs isn't allowed.

Current rules allow mountain-lion hunts with dogs to continue on public land only if the parcel is managed by the state Office of School of Public Lands or the U.S. Bureau of Management.

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