Wildlife damage management 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.
Winter Depredation hunts
There are a number of methods for deterring wildlife from causing damage, including: create alternate feeding sites, temporary and permanent fencing, and hazing wildlife away from an area. More information on registering for these hunts.
Prairie Dog Control
GFP will provide direct control of prairie dogs that have encroached onto private property from adjacent public lands. To be eligible, landowners must have a minimum of 10 acres of actual prairie colony and must be within one mile of the public land boundary. Tribal property or municipality properties are not public lands. If you have questions about prairie dog control from GFP, please call 605.773.5913. Register for the Prairie Control Program.
Landowners matter. As a vast majority of South Dakota is privately owned; farmers, ranchers and other private landowners are the principal stewards of wildlife resources and the habitats in which they depend. Cooperative relationships and collaborative approaches among landowners, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks and others who enjoy and appreciate fish and wildlife resources in this state, are critical.
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