Some SD wildlife populations decline due to ongoing drought
The U.S. Forest Service says the grouse population in the Fort Pierre National Grassland has declined by 15% in 2022, largely because of the dry conditions. The total grouse population has averaged around 300 since the mid-1980s.
Over the last 20 years, both greater prairie chicken and sharp-tailed grouse populations have primarily remained stable or have grown.
Duck production is expected to decline because natural wetlands and stock ponds need water.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a little more than 76% of South Dakota is experiencing some kind of drought.