Wildlife Damage Management, Internet Center for


Date of this Version

December 1977


South Dakota's Extension Trapping Program originated in July 1971 when the Department of Game, Fish and Parks initiated this type of animal damage control program for the eastern one-half of South Dakota. The funding for this program is derived by assessing a surtax on all farmers and ranchers at a rate of 1 cent per head on all cattle and 4 cent per head on all sheep. The monies gained here is then annually matched by the Game, Fish and Parks through hunting, fishing and trapping license by the Game, Fish and Parks. However, for the last two years a grant-in-aid for animal damage control through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has provided assistance with 60% of the total budget.