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Mountain Lions in the Black Hills: Preservation Thursday at the Adams Museum

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DEADWOOD, S.D. – Detective Greg Nelson of the Deadwood Police Department will discuss mountain lions in the Black Hills on Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 5:15 p.m. for Preservation Thursday at the Adams Museum, 54 Sherman Street.  Nelson will share important facts, safety issues and histories relating to mountain lions in Deadwood and the surrounding area. The event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

In a comprehensive study of the mountain lion population in the Hills, Nelson will address different mountain lion poses and their meaning, why the animals seem comfortable entering a biped community and when and why they may be dangerous to humans.  He will also speak to the controversial mountain lion hunting season, and examine why it was introduced and any possible alternatives to hunting lions each year.

Nelson grew up on a ranch 30 miles north of Belle Fourche, SD where his interest in mountain lions began when he would see them around his family’s property.  He moved to Deadwood in 1974 and began his career with the Deadwood Police Department as a Reserve Officer in 1984, becoming a full-time officer in 1990.  He is currently the department’s First Investigator. Nelson has done a great deal of research and was involved in tracking the animal that was downed in Deadwood last year.  That mountain lion is now on display in the Adams Museum, courtesy of the City of Deadwood.

Preservation Thursday is sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort and Deadwood Gulch Resort & Gaming.


The Adams Museum, Historic Adams House and Homestake-Adams Research Center identify, preserve, collect, interpret and promote the history and culture of Deadwood and the surrounding Black Hills.