Mountain lion sighting reported in south Rapid City

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RAPID CITY, S.D. - A mountain lion was spotted in a southern Rapid City neighborhood.

Police began the search near Gemstone Drive and Parkview Drive Tuesday afternoon but did not find the lion. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) has taken over.

According to GFP Regional Supervisor John Kanta, the lion was caught on camera southeast of the Parkview Softball Complex. He verified home surveillance videos and is working to verify other witness reports.

It's possible the lion is still nearby. The GFP is patrolling the area, and specialists are coming to help with the search.

Kanta says it appears the lion is young, possibly under two years old.

If you come across a mountain lion, here's what to do:

  • Make yourself look big and yell to discourage the lion from approaching.
  • Back away but don't turn and run.
  • Call police right away.

Kanta says mountain lion attacks on people are extremely rare, and there's never been a confirmed attack in the state.

Below is a map of the approximate area where the big cat was reported.

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