State wildlife officials kill mountain lion in Deadwood area

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) State wildlife officials shot and killed a young mountain lion in the Deadwood area for safety reasons.

The Black Hills Pioneer reports the lion was killed Tuesday, a day after being spotted near Deadwood's Welcome Center carrying a dead deer down a walking path.

Trenton Haffley with South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks says the 1 1/2-year-old, 77-pound male lion was located by the state houndsman and his dogs just outside of town the next day.