CONSULTANT TO PRESENT REVIEW OF SOUTH DAKOTA GAME MANAGEMENT

Posted 7 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A consulting firm will present its review of South Dakota’s big-game management system at this week’s meeting of the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard selected Wildlife Management Institute to conduct the review after persistent complaints about South Dakota’s management of big game, particularly in the Black Hills. The review will identify strengths and weaknesses of the current system and recommend possible changes.

Many hunters want more mountain lions killed because they believe the cats are reducing the Black Hills deer and elk populations. Other people believe the commission is putting the mountain lion population at risk by issuing too many lion hunting licenses.

Wildlife Management Institute staff will present their report to the commission at 1 p.m. MDT on Thursday at the Holiday Inn in Spearfish.