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Published January 12, 2014, 09:42 AM

2014 SD mountain lion season off to a slow start

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Hunters in the South Dakota's Black Hills are reporting a slow start to the season.

By: Associated Press, WDAY

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Hunters in the South Dakota's Black Hills are reporting a slow start to the season.

The Rapid City Journal reports that as of Friday, 10 mountain lions had been killed, which is about half as many compared to a typical season.

Hunters say lack of fresh snow in the region makes it more difficult to track the big cats.

Hunting seasons began in 2005 to control South Dakota's western +lion+ population, reduce the impact on deer and elk, and address public safety concerns.

The season will run until March 31, or until 76 lions or 50 females are killed.

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