Pierre, S.D.—-(Ammoland.com)- 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.”
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