Wildlife and Habitat Management
Private Lands Habitat and Access Programs
- South Dakota is fortunate to have diverse and abundant wildlife resources. Since the majority of South Dakota lands are privately owned; farmers, ranchers and other private landowners are the most important stewards of our wildlife resources and the habitats they depend on. At the same time, GFP, is charged with managing South Dakota's public wildlife resources for everyone's use, benefit and enjoyment. Learn more.
Wildlife Damage Managment Program
- GFP employs 27 full-time Wildlife Damage Specialists (WDS) within its Wildlife Damage Management Program. These staff work directly with landowners and producers to reduce or alleviate wildlife damage such as: livestock losses, damage to stored-feed supplies and hay, damage to growing crops, as well as damage to personal property. They also conduct educational programs on sport trapping as a form of recreation and its importance in the management of furbearers. Programs can be given in classrooms, meeting halls, summer camps or other group meeting locations. Learn more.
Wildlife Diversity Program
- The Wildlife Diversity Program inventories, protects, and manages the diversity of species and habitats in South Dakota, including threatened or endangered species. It works to sustain all native plants, animals, and habitats. Learn more.