PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Game officials in South Dakota say there have likely been some wildlife losses as a result of the early fall blizzard in western South Dakota-but the extent of that loss is not yet known. Chad Switzer, Terrestrial Wildlife Administrator in the Game, Fish and Parks’ Wildlife Division says pheasant and grouse losses have been noted in at least three western counties, but there have been few reports from the public yet on deer and antelope deaths from the storm.
While out patroling, G F & P Conservation Officers have been keeping an eye out for wildlife losses. Switzer says he expects that once more hunters hit the fields for pheasant season and landowners are able to turn their focus back to normal duties as they recover from their own livestock losses, there could be more wildlife death reports that come in.
Switzer says most of South Dakota’s native wildlife are able to withstand heavy snowstorms.
Switzer says it will take some time to better determine what, if any, wildlife die-off occured from the storm. The public is asked to call their local county Conservation Officer if they come across wildlife losses they believe were caused by the blizzard. The CO’s phone numbers are listed in the hunting handbook.
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