RAPID CITY — A new South Dakota law that appears to authorize the use of dogs to hunt mountain lions does not actually change restrictions and is confusing hunters, state wildlife officials say.
The bill signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Wednesday is titled, “An act to allow the use of dogs to hunt mountain lions and leashed dogs to track and retrieve wounded or presumed dead big game animals.” That is misleading, Game, Fish & Parks Department Regional Supervisor Mike Kintigh told the Rapid City Journal.
“I’ve heard people say, ‘OK, now we can go out anywhere and hunt lions with dogs.’ It doesn’t do that at all,” he said. “It actually started out to allow the use of leashed dogs to retrieve wounded big game, and then that lions stuff got confusing.”
The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission has the authority to allow the use of dogs for lion hunting — but dogs are still prohibited for that purpose outside of Custer State Park.