PIERRE, S.D. - Mountain lion kittens that were orphaned during the Black Hills hunting season last fall have been moved to three zoos.
The Game, Fish and Parks Department says three kittens went to Abilene, Texas; three to Phoenix, and one to Denver.
GF&P staff went out and found the kittens after determining that adult female lions killed by hunters were nursing.
The kittens weighed from 10 to 27 pounds while being cared for at the Wildlife and Fisheries Science Department at South Dakota State University.
Sixteen female lions and three male lions were shot during the hunting season.