Mountain Lions spotted around Rapid City residential area

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Mountain lions in the Black Hills are not uncommon, but seeing three at a time is a little more rare.

Early Monday morning, three mountain lions were spotted in a residential area in Rapid City.

The three were spotted near Quarry Park and the Good Samaritan St. Martin Village.

“They’re in a very rural and remote area of the Rapid City limits,” said South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Wildlife Conservation Officer Chris Dekker. “They’re right up against the hills in an area where it’s a good mountain lion habitat. They bump right up against an area we’d expect to see lions.”

Dekker says seeing one out and about means the lion is out hunting or might be looking for their own territory.

“In a case like this, we’ve got an older female whose got her two younger kittens that she hasn’t kicked out and we’re seeing it normal,” said Dekker.

But don’t expect to bump into these cool cats and kittens on the rural streets of Rapid City unless you’re wandering in the early morning hours. Dekker says if you’re out – be aware of your surroundings and listen for movement nearby.

“If you do come across a mountain lion, make yourself as big as possible, be loud, don’t turn and run away, because that’s what prey does, you want to make yourself big, make yourself a threat,” said Dekker.

He adds – they don’t want to deal with you as much as you don’t want to deal with them.

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