Custer State Park is on the southeastern edge of the Black Hills, contiguous with Wind Cave National Park to the south. Hunting is allowed in the state park, but not in the national park.
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks determined in January that some of the people who participated in the special lottery for cougar hunting tags in Custer State Park had never purchased a license for big game hunting before. They assume that these people are trying to prevent cougar hunting in the park, that they are waging a “silent protest.” But obviously, not all the hunters who obtained licenses intended not to use them. For more on this situation, visit http://www.mountainlion.org/blog_article.asp?news_id=1260
Rapid City Journal
First Custer State Park lion taken Sunday
Journal staff Rapid City Journal
A hunter killed an 85-pound female mountain lion Sunday, the first animal harvested in the 2011 Custer State Park season, which ends March 31, or when five lions are taken.