Cougar tracks confirmed in Belle Fourche, SD

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks have confirmed that tracks discovered yesterday in Belle Fourche are in fact those of a mountain lion. Sightings of cougars in the area are extremely uncommon, leading officials to believe that the tracks belong to a young male cat searching for a territory.

While GFP has a “no tolerance” policy for cougars in city limits, they are confident that the cat has already left town and will not be trouble. Nonetheless, GFP’s Bill Eastman is urging Belle Fourche residents to be reasonable: “I encourage people to have a healthy respect, but not fear for mountain lions.”

Full news story: http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/communities/belle_fourche/mountain-lion-documented-in-belle-fourche/article_8eaa13b8-98e1-5f73-9159-1179d6c38d4c.html