Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: South Dakota
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

South Dakota Project

Public Opinions of Native Fishes in the Black Hills

July 2017 - September 2019


Participating Agencies

  • South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

Maintaining in-tack native fish communities in the Black Hills is difficult due to stocking of game fishes throughout the area. In addition to biological constraints in maintaining some areas with only native fishes will be public opinion, since none of the native fishes in the Black Hills are targeting by anglers. This proposed research is designed to measure Black Hills resident’s understanding, attitudes and values relative to native fishes and native fish management issues. Given the importance of fishing in the Black Hills, having an understanding of the publics’ attitudes, values related to native fishes and their management will be essential if a goal of maintaining some selected areas containing only native fishes is important.