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Mitchell, Emery, Sioux Falls men charged with illegally killing mountain lion

Three men are charged with illegally using dogs to kill two mountain lions in the Black Hills.

RAPID CITY (AP) -- The Black Hills mountain lion hunting season has ended but at least one lion and her kitten are not being counted in the final tally of 61 kills.

The media reports that a female lion shot on Feb. 1 in Pennington County won't be added to the kill list until a judge rules whether she was killed legally.

Three eastern South Dakota residents are charged with misdemeanor hunting violations in connection with the lion's death.

Seventy-one-year-old James Jucht, of Sioux Falls, and 63-year-old David B. Terveen, of Emery, are accused of illegally shooting the lion near Hill City after it was treed by dogs controlled by 41-year-old Wade J. Musick, of Mitchell.

The use of dogs was only permitted on a limited basis within Custer State Park.