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Public Invited To Attend Comment Sessions For GFP Review



          Office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard

500 E. Capitol Ave.

Pierre, S.D. 57501






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 6, 2013
CONTACT: Tony Venhuizen or Joe Kafka at 605-773-3212


Public Invited To Attend Comment Sessions For GFP Review


PIERRE, S.D. – All interested citizens are invited to attend a series of comment sessions next week on the management of deer, elk, antelope, and mountain lions in South Dakota.


The Wildlife Management Institute (WMI), an independent contractor selected by Gov. Dennis Daugaard, will conduct the meetings to gather insight and information for its review of the Department of Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) big-game management.


The review will identify strengths and weaknesses of current management systems and provide recommendations to improve those systems. 


The public comment sessions will be held as follows:


Tuesday, May 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. CDT

Northern Plains Biostress Lab Building, Room 103; North Campus Drive, South Dakota State University, Brookings


Wednesday, May 15, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. CDT

Joe Foss Building, Matthews Training Center (first floor); 523 East Capitol Ave., Pierre


Thursday, May 16, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. MDT

City School Administration Center Community Room; 300 Sixth Street, Rapid City


“As we conduct our review of GFP’s management of big game in South Dakota, we’re seeking direct input from citizens,” said Steve Williams, WMI President.  “We look forward to hearing from sportsmen, landowners, and other interested individuals.”


Each comment session will consist of a short introduction by WMI staff and an overview of its review process.  WMI will facilitate the meeting and record comments for analysis.


Public Comment Session Agenda

  • Introduction to WMI and the review process
  • Explanation of meeting structure and purpose
  • Public input on:

- Deer Management Program

- Elk Management Program

- Antelope Management Program

- Mountain Lion Management Program

  • Additional Public Comments


Citizens are encouraged to submit comments at the meetings, although written comments may be emailed to: SDcomments@wildlifemgt.org or sent by standard mail to: Wildlife Management Institute, 1440 Upper Bermudian Road, Gardners, PA 17324.


The big-game management review should be completed by October 2013.