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Wildlife Management Plans

Action Plan for Management of Bighorn Sheep in South Dakota (2013) - This action plan provides important information for the formulation of sound management, to include the current status of bighorn sheep herds, habitat potential for new sheep areas, issues and concerns, management goals, objectives and strategies to guide management of this important resource into the future.

South Dakota River Otter Management Plan - This management plan is intended to provide general, strategic guidance for 5 years to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (SDGFP) and potential partners for the recovery and sustained management of the river otter in South Dakota. It identifies what we strive to accomplish related to river otter management. This plan includes working cooperatively with interested publics in both the planning process and the regular program activities related to river otter management.

Pronghorn Management Plan for South Dakota (2012) - The pronghorn is native to North America. In 1804 journals of the Lewis and Clark expedition, it was noted that pronghorn occurred in vast numbers over most of the Dakota Territory. In 1841 Maximillean recorded pronghorn as wintering west of the Missouri River along the Cheyenne River and during the spring they would swim the river to summer in the Coteau des Prairie. In the 1879 Yankton Daily Press, pronghorn were reported as abundant on the prairies east of the James River (SDGFP 1965). It has been estimated that over 700,000 pronghorn ranged in South Dakota prior to 1800.

Prairie Grouse Management Plan for South Dakota (2011-2015) - Sharp-tailed grouse and greater prairie chickens, collectively prairie grouse, are the most abundant grouse species in South Dakota (SD). The vast expanses of open grassland found throughout much of SD provide ideal habitat for these two game birds. Although slight differences in micro and macro habitat requirements exist between these two species, management strategies are similar enough to warrant one management plan for prairie grouse in SD.

South Dakota Wildlife Action Plan -State wildlife agencies have recently received new federal funding for rare species work. In exchange, each state drafted a plan to address the needs of all fish and wildlife species, with priority on species of greatest conservation need.

2010-2015 Mountain Lion Management Plan. View public input on the 2010 Mountain Lion Management Plan.

Private Lands Habitat and Access Strategic Plan - Since approximately 80% of the state's land base is under private ownership, private landowners serve as the stewards with the most influence over wildlife habitat conditions for wildlife populations. Dating back to the mid-1970's, SD GFP has offered voluntary private land habitat programs to cooperating landowners, if they desrire to establish and enhance wildlife habitat. GFP has developed this strategic plan to serve as an adaptive document to guide our efforts to manage habitat and provide public access to private land. A summary version and the full version are available for download.

Division of Wildlife - Perpetuating the Outdoor Heritage of South Dakota - This document details the principles and philosophical foundation of resource management of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks Division of Wildlife. It is intended to provide strategic guidance to every program, planning process and policy decision. It is also intended to guide the daily activities of every Division of Wildlife employee.

South Dakota Ring-Necked Pheasant Management Plan - The vision is to maintain abundant populations of pheasants for South Dakotans and our visitors by fostering a partnership-driven approach for habitat development and management, to ensure public access opportunities, and to increase public awareness of the broad benefits of quality habitat and hunting.

South Dakota Resident Canada Goose Management Plan - The original South Dakota Resident Canada Goose Management Plan (Plan) was compiled by the Game Staff in September, 1998. An updated version (January, 2005) served to guide management of resident Canada geese through 2009. The latest version (May, 2010) will guide management through 2014 and should be updated in 2015.

South Dakota Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan - this management plan was developed to address the prevention, control, and effects of Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) that have invaded or may invade South Dakota's waters. The South Dakota aquatic nuisance species management plan serves as the initial step in establishing a program to specifically address ANS issues in South Dakota.

South Dakota All Bird Conservation Plan - Ecological management of nongame land birds requires determining which species and habitats are most in need of conservation. The objectives of this plan are to identify the priority species of concern in South Dakota, present their habitat requirements, and identify possible habitat management options.

South Dakota Bat Management Plan - The main goal of the South Dakota Bat Management Plan is to provide guidance promoting long-term conservation of South Dakota bat species through research, management, and education.

Topeka Shiner State Management Plan - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) listed the Topeka shiner as endangered in January 1999 . Prior to listing, limited survey data suggested the shiner only occupied 10% of its historic range. Recent studies in South Dakota have documented the Topeka shiner in 80% of historically known streams, along with many streams where Topeka shiners were not previously reported.

South Dakota Prairie Dog Management Plan - The primary goal of this plan is to manage for long-term, self-sustaining prairie dog populations in South Dakota while addressing landowner concerns and maintaining the viability of this unique grassland ecosystem. This state management plan was developed by the Department of Game, Fish and Parks and Department of Agriculture with the assistance of working groups.

Management Plans for Threatened and Endangered Species on the Missouri River - South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks has developed a set of management plans for the four listed species that live along the Missouri.

Siting Guidelines for Wind Power Projects - The South Dakota Bat Working Group in cooperation with GFP compiled these siting guidelines for wind power developers and other stakeholders to utilize as they consider potential wind power sites in South Dakota.

Wildlife Habitats of LaFramboise Island: Vegetational change and management of a Missouri River Island - Some Missouri River islands in central South Dakota historically became dominated by junipers such that they became know as "cedar islands. " Without intervention, this appears to be the fate of LaFramboise Island.

South Dakota Greater Sage Grouse Management Plan - During pre-settlement time, this species was considered abundant in the western part of the state. As land-use changed with settlement, the sage grouse range shrunk as more sagebrush was lost to cropland expansion and altered by livestock grazing which impacted the natural vegetative communities and reduced available cover.