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South Dakota

Population: 754,844 (2000)

State Background
Species
Clubs & Organizations
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
523 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501

605-773-3485
http://www.sdgfp.info

State Background

South Dakota is a Midwestern state in the United States. It is named after the Lakota and Dakota (Sioux) American Indian tribes. South Dakota was admitted to the Union on November 2, 1889. North Dakota was admitted on the same day. It is probably best known as the location of Mount Rushmore. Human beings have lived in what is today South Dakota for at least several thousand years. French and other European explorers in the 1700s encountered a variety of groups including the Omaha and Arikara (Ree), but by the early 1800s the Sioux (Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota) were dominant. In 1743, the LaVerendrye brothers buried a plate near the modern capital Pierre (pronounced as "peer") claiming the region for France as part of greater Louisiana. In 1803, the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from Napoleon, though the native peoples inhabiting most of this area were not aware of the transaction.

South Dakota is bordered to the north by North Dakota; to the south by Nebraska; to the east by Iowa and Minnesota; and to the west by Wyoming and Montana. It is one of the six states of the Frontier Strip. The Missouri River runs through the central part of South Dakota. To the east of the river lie low hills and lakes formed by glaciers. Fertile farm country covers the area. To the west of the river the land consists of deep canyons and rolling plains. South Dakota is comprised of four major land regions: the Drift Prairie, the Dissected Till Plains, the Great Plains, and the Black Hills.

State Species

Big Game Antelope
Deer
Bighorn Sheep
Elk
Mountain Goat
Waterfowl Coots
Ducks
Goose
Swan
 
Furbearer Badger
Beaver
Bobcat
Crow
Gopher
Ground Squirrel
Jackrabbit
Marmot
Mink
Muskrat
Opossum
Porcupine
Prairie Dog
Raccoon
Weasel
Small Game Cottontail Rabbit
Grey Partridge
Mourning Dove
Pheasant
Prairie Chicken
Quail
Ruffed Grouse
Sage Grouse
Sandhill Crane
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Snipe
Turkey
Predators Coyote
Grey Fox
Red Fox
Skunk
 
Sport Fish Black Bass
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Bluegill
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Buffalofish
Burbot
Carp
Channel Catfish
Chinook Salmon
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
Goldeye
Lake Herring
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Muskellunge
Northern Pike
Paddlefish
Pallid Sturgeon
Pumpkinseed Sunfish
Rainbow Smelt
Rainbow Trout
Rock Bass
Sauger
Saugeye
Shovelnose Sturgeon
Smallmouth Bass
Suckers
Tiger Muskellunge
Walleye
White Crappie
Whitefish
Yellow Perch

Clubs & Organizations

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