South Dakota GFP To Hold Canada Goose Management Meetings

South Dakota GFP To Hold Canada Goose Management Meetings

South Dakota Fish, Game & Parks
South Dakota Fish, Game & Parks

PIERRE, S.D. –-( Four open-house meetings on Canada goose management and crop depredation have been scheduled for South Dakota landowners, agricultural producers, sportsmen and other members of the public.

The sessions will be hosted by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department.

“We are looking for citizen input and the opportunity to share information with our state’s ag producers, sportsmen and anyone else interested in Canada goose management and depredation,” said GFP Assistant Wildlife Director Emmett Keyser. “Through this series of meetings, we’re hoping to identify specific ideas, opportunities and potential solutions to help us address goose-management issues.”

In addition to GFP staff, members of the Canada Goose Management & Depredation Working Group will attend the meetings to gather public input.

“GFP staff will provide a short background presentation on goose-management issues, but the bulk of meeting time will be spent in small groups so citizens have the opportunity to share their ideas,” said Tom Kirschenmann, Terrestrial Section Chief for the Division of Wildlife.

“Members of the Working Group have been asked to assist us in developing a series of recommendations on Canada goose management issues,” Keyser said. “We are fortunate to have such a committed group of citizens. They represent a good cross-section of the public, and gladly devote their time and energy to help us out.”

The open-house meetings will run from 7-9 p.m. and are scheduled as follows:

  • Dec. 8 – Madison, Camp Lakodia on Lake Herman
  • Dec. 14 – Watertown, Ramkota Inn
  • Jan. 4 – Webster, The Galley Restaurant
  • Jan. 11 – Brookings, Days Inn

For more information, call the Sioux Falls GFP Regional Office at 605-362-2700 or the Watertown GFP Regional Office at 605-882-5200.