PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An independent study will be done in coming months on the Game, Fish and Parks Department’s Wildlife Division. Governor Dennis Daugaard’s Chief of Staff Dusty Johnson told the Game, Fish and Parks Commission yesterday that the review will be done by an outside consultant and will pinpoint how the division handles subjects like research and management of mountain lions and elk. Governor Daugaard says the review should give an unbiased look at how the division is run–and says similar studies have been done in other nearby states.
Daugaard says among other topics, the study may look at the science aspect of wildlife management.
Daugaard says the public will be asked what topics they believe should be reviewed before a company is chosen to conduct the study.
The Associated Press says Johnson indicated that G F & P Department Secretary Jeff Vonk suggested the independent study. Daugaard spoke yesterday on the Dakota News Network program “South Dakota Perspective”.
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