User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

15° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options




[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


Mt. Lion Spotted In Valley Springs

September 27, 2012, 4:55 PM by Perry Groten

Mt. Lion Spotted In Valley Springs

A mountain lion has apparently been on the prowl inside the city limits of a southeast South Dakota town. 

Some residents of Valley Springs are getting used to the sightings.

South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks can't confirm the sightings yet, but the reports are credible enough for conservation officers to believe that a mountain lion came through a Valley Springs neighborhood on Tuesday. Some people in Valley Springs got a good, long look at the mountain lion near some backyards on the south side of town.

"It's pretty unusual to have them in, especially inside the city limits, they usually try to stay away from people," South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Wildlife Conservation Officer Jeremy Rakowicz said.

One neighbor isn't surprised by the sighting.

"There's a lot of deer, raccoon and game for it, a lot of cover," Valley Springs resident Tim Agnew said.

Agnew didn't see this mountain lion, but he has spotted another in the area more than a year ago.

"Just like anything that jumps out in front of you, it's a startle, but at first I thought it was a deer," Agnew said.

Game, Fish & Parks says small pets and people probably aren't in any danger since the mountain lion is probably long gone by now.

"This isn't quite the habitat they're looking for. They're looking for a lot more seclusion and so I wouldn't be afraid with pets and kids to have them out there," Rakowicz said.

And with the fall harvest underway, we could see even more mountain lions leaving the farm fields and heading toward someone's backyard.

"Those combines are moving through and the tractors and grain wagons, that's going to push them around a little bit and keep them moving," Rakowicz said.

Conservation officers say if you do spot a mountain lion, try to get a picture of it and call Game, Fish & Parks so they can confirm the sighting and get the cat to move along, if necessary.

Previous Story

Next Story




View news

You may also like

Roslyn Man Arrested In Shooting

11/21/2015 4:46 PM

A Roslyn, South Dakota man is accused of trying to kill another man overnight.

Full Story
Ronald Neels Sentenced To 75 Years In Prison

11/23/2015 5:59 PM

For more than a decade, nobody knew Ronald Neels was sexually abusing a victim inside his home near Garretson. The victim never said anything about th...

Full Story | Watch
Tyrese Ruffin's Mother Speaks Publicly For First Time

11/25/2015 6:18 AM

In her first and only television interview, Doohen talked about her son, who she called the joy of her life.

Full Story
uShare: Snow Photos

11/20/2015 1:51 PM

Where initial forecasts called for 2 to 4 inches, parts of southeast South Dakota are seeing 10 to 12 inches of snow on Friday.

Full Story
LHS Student Charged With Making Bomb Threat

11/23/2015 10:53 AM

Sioux Falls Police said a 16-year-old student wrote a message on a bathroom mirror.

Full Story