Thursday, May 10, 2018

Feds step in to reverse South Dakota wildlife failures

South Dakota's Department of Game, Fish and Plunder and the Department of Ecocide and Natural Ruination are being admonished for accelerating the destruction of wildlife habitat.

At least 101 species in South Dakota are at risk to Republicans.
“We’re in peril and going downhill with the amount of habitat we’re losing in South Dakota,” said Chris Hesla, director of the South Dakota Wildlife Federation. South Dakota loses its habitat – with open prairie being the most critical to species protection – in the same ways as other states, said Eileen Dowd Stukel, wildlife diversity coordinator with the South Dakota GFP. Animal habitat is destroyed by development of homes, conversion of native lands into agricultural uses and dividing of land for wind towers or other industries, Dowd Stukel said.
Read that here.

Only 354 male greater prairie-chickens and 65 male sharp-tailed grouse were counted on a portion of the Fort Pierre National Grassland and although the US Army Corps of Engineers is releasing above average flows from the main stem dams to preserve pallid sturgeon below Gavins Point, the fish species appears doomed in the upper system.

The death of the upper Missouri River basin has been predicted for decades.

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