House approves hunting lions with dogs
PIERRE -- Mountain lion hunters would be allowed to use dogs year-round outside the Black Hills under a measure that won approval Wednesday in the state House of Representatives.
The vote was 48-22 for HB 1068 sponsored by Rep. Betty Olson, R-Prairie City.
The measure also recognizes that the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission can set lion-hunting regulations regarding dogs within the Black Hills Fire Protection District.
The legislation now heads to the Senate for a committee hearing there.
It was on the House consent calendar Tuesday for approval without debate because it didn't have any opposition at its House committee.
But Rep. Nancy Rasmussen, R-Hurley, asked that it be placed on the debate calendar instead.
"Some of you have been deluged with emails from across the nation," Olson said Wednesday.
No one spoke against her.