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Wildlife officials in South Dakota report that 20 mountain lions have been killed so far during the hunting season in the Black Hills Fire Protection District

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PIERRE, South Dakota — Wildlife officials in South Dakota report that 20 mountain lions have been killed so far during the hunting season in the Black Hills Fire Protection District.

A report from the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks shows 13 of the 20 lions killed were females. The biggest lion killed so far this season was a 7-year-old, 156-pound male harvested in Custer County.

The season began the day after Christmas and will conclude March 31, unless the harvest limit of 60 total mountain lions or 40 female lions is reached prior to that date. The mountain lion season outside of the Black Hills district runs year-round.

The state has had a residents-only mountain lion season since 2005.

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