GFP News - June 13, 2016
Prairie Dog Control Programs Available
Pierre, S.D. - Officials of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) are reminding South Dakota ranchers and producers to contact GFP or the SDDA if they have unwanted prairie dogs. The state’s prairie dog control program is cooperatively funded by the GFP and SDDA.
GFP manages issues on private lands which have encroached from adjacent public lands, while the SDDA manages complaints between private landowners.
"GFP will control prairie dogs that have encroached onto private land from adjacent public land," said GFP Wildlife Damage Program Administrator Keith Fisk. "However, landowners that have encroachment problems on their property from adjacent public land must be within one mile of the public land and have at least 10 acres (of actual prairie dog colonies) to be eligible for assistance."
Additionally, landowners must contact GFP and request assistance regarding unwanted prairie dogs before Aug. 15, 2016.
"GFP provides assistance to many landowners across western South Dakota," said Fisk. "The Aug. 15 deadline allows GFP sufficient time to coordinate the logistics of our control program."
If a landowner has a complaint regarding prairie dogs that are encroaching from public land, contact GFP at 605.773.5913 to request control. Once eligibility has been verified, GFP staff or a department representative will control the invading colony in the fall. All complaints must be received by the Aug. 15, 2016 deadline.
Landowners that are experiencing encroachment from adjoining private land should contact the SDDA.
If the colony is encroaching from private land, a signed, written complaint must be completed. There are two methods to file a complaint. The affected landowner can sign a letter of complaint and mail it to the local County Weed and Pest Board, or they can file a formal complaint. The complaint is sent to the Department of Agriculture and a copy of the complaint must also be sent to the landowner. Forms are available by calling 800.228.5254 or on the SDDA website at sdda.sd.gov/legacydocs/Ag_Services/forms/pdog%20complaint%20form.pdf.
The South Dakota Prairie Dog Management Plan may be seen by visiting gfp.sd.gov/wildlife/docs/prairiedog-management-plan.pdf or by calling Game, Fish and Parks at 605.773.3387.
Outdoor Activities for Kids This Weekend
Pierre, S.D. - State parks across the South Dakota are offering activities every weekend for kids to enjoy the outdoors. Join in the events to explore and discover all the outdoors has to offer.
Friday, June 17
- Outdoor Activities for Kids This Weekend - Mina Lake Recreation Area, Aberdeen. 8 p.m. CT. Info: 605.626.3488
Saturday, June 18
- Outdoor Activities for Kids This Weekend - Richmond Lake Recreation Area, Aberdeen. 8 p.m. CT. Info: 605.626.3488
- Outdoor Activities for Kids This Weekend - Oahe Downstream Recreation Area, Fort Pierre. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. CT. Info: 605.223.7722
- Techno Treasure Hunt Walk in the Park - Oahe Downstream Recreation Area, Fort Pierre. 2 p.m. CT. Info: 605.223.7722
- Unwanted House Guests - Lake Vermillion Recreation Area, Canistota. 2 p.m. CT. Info: 605.296.3643
- Lewis and Clark Homestead Day - Pierson Ranch Recreation Area, Yankton. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. CT. Info: 605.668.2985
- Lantern Tour - Fort Sisseton Historic State Park, Lake City. 9 p.m. CT. Info: 605.448.5474
- Hug a Tree - Newton Hills State Park, Canton. 1 p.m. CT. Info: 605.987.2263
- Colorful Confusion - Good Earth State Park at Blood Run, Sioux Falls. 3 p.m. CT. Info:605.987.2263
See the events calendar online for more information, gfp.sd.gov.