Friday, June 21, 2013

Wolves Taken in SD wold need to be Inspected by GFP in Proposed Rules

gray wolf
gray wolf (Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region)
 Following up on a law enacted during the 2013 South Dakota legislative session, the Game, Fish and Parks Commission has proposed a rule to require inspection of any wolf taken.

Wolves east of the Missouri River in South Dakota are under state management. State law allows wolves to be taken – either shot, hunted or trapped – in this area. West of the Missouri River wolves are currently protected under the Endangered Species Act.

The new rule proposed by the GFP Commission would require mandatory inspection of any harvested wolf. Anyone who harvests a suspected wolf must contact a Conservation Officer within 24 hours of the kill and submit the wolf for inspection to a department representative within 48 hours of taking the animal.

The wolf inspection proposal will be finalized at the July 8-9 GFP Commission meeting, which will be held in Pierre at the Ramkota RiverCentre. To view the full proposals on those seasons, visit: www.gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/default.aspx and look under the "Rule Proposals" heading.

To comment on any of the proposals, send a letter to: South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission, 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501; or email wild.info@state.sd.us . Comments on proposal will be taken until 5 p.m. CDT on June 5. To be included in the public record, please include your full name and city of residence.

To comment in person on the proposed rule, the GFP Commission will host a public hearing beginning at 2 p.m. CDT as part of their meeting on Monday, July 8.