We've all had a stray cat wander through our yards on occasion, but chances are it wasn't anything quite like the cat that has been prowling around the Aberdeen area lately.

The residents of the Hub City have been warned to be on the lookout for a mountain lion that has been spotted in the area over the past week.

Dakota News Now is reporting that law enforcement and conservation officers have received a number of calls from citizens claiming to have seen a mountain lion just outside the city of Aberdeen.

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The Game, Fish, and Parks Department, together with representatives from Aberdeen law enforcement are looking into the various sightings at this time. So far, none of the sightings have been confirmed with any photos or evidence. Maybe somebody with a Ring doorbell camera should leave a saucer of milk on their porch?

It's not uncommon to occasionally run across a mountain lion in eastern South Dakota. Especially in areas with a high population of deer. However, the majority of mountain lion sightings in the state usually happen in the Black Hills.

If you do run across a mountain lion or any other wild animal of that nature, Game, Fish, and Parks office officials ask that you always exercise caution and never try and approach the animal. Instead, please contact them immediately by calling (605) 626-2391.

Source: Dakota News Now

Life on a Cattle Ranch in Western South Dakota

Life is different out in the country. One look at the photo from Robin Bickel and you quickly realize that a workday is quite different as well, after all, she lives out west in South Dakota Cattle Country.

Robin Bickel took time to tell KIKN Country a little bit about her life out west and life as a woman, working outdoors with animals and nature in God's Country. Bickel lives and works on a cattle ranch operated by herself, her father, Jack, and his brother Keith. How far out in the country is she? How does 50 miles west of Mobridge, South Dakota sound? Yep, mountain time out there.

Life is so different in Sioux Falls, South Dakota compared to what our friends on the farm and ranches deal with. It's a half-mile to the grocery store for our family. For Robin, it's 17 miles. However, it's a quick step out her door and she's right in the middle of where a lot of the groceries come from.


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