Furbearer education

From left: Laura Kahler, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program advisor for Tripp and Gregory Counties; Katherine Jaeger, SDSU Extension youth outdoor education field specialist; Justin Bartling, South Dakota Trapping Association education and outreach coordinator; and Taniya Bethke, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks R3 coordinator; with members of the Tripp and Gregory County ETHICS SD program.

BROOKINGS —The SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development program recently announced a partnership with South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks and the South Dakota Trappers Association to launch a new, comprehensive furbearer education program for youth. This program, called ETHICS SD, will educate youth on the basics of ecology, trapping, history, identification, conservation and stewardship. Building problem solving and public speaking skills are also key components.

ETHICS SD was launched at the South Dakota Trappers Association’s Fall Rendezvous on Sept. 14, at the Tripp County 4-H Grounds in Winner. A total of 50 youth participants began the program in October, which will go through April 2020.

“Trained SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development program advisors are partnered with local trappers and conservation officers to provide mentorship for the youth throughout the six months of ETHICS SD,” said Katherine Jaeger, SDSU Extension youth outdoor education field specialist. “By the end of the program, participants will understand the cultural and historical importance of trapping and have gained the skills to harvest and put up their own furs.”

Participants are provided the necessary equipment for use during the program. The next cohort will begin in fall of 2020 and youth are encouraged to be at least 10 years old to participate.

For additional information about ETHICS SD, please contact Katherine Jaeger by email or 1.605.782.3290.

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