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SD: Rapid City man pleads guilty to illegally hunting mountain lions

January 22, 2018


A Rapid City man accused of illegally hunting mountain lions by baiting them with dead deer has pleaded guilty.

The Rapid City Journal reports 39-year-old William Colson VI recently pleaded guilty to four misdemeanors related to prohibited hunting and unlawful possession of a big game animal. Each offense is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

Itís against state law to bait lions, as well as to collect, possess and transport dead deer without permission from state wildlife officials.

Colson was charged in February along with Rapid City resident Mason Hamm. Hammís case is ongoing. Heís due in court next month.

Colson also has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing lions and deer in a related case. Heís to be sentenced in both cases next month.

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