New wildlife damage specialist serves Meade and Ziebach counties

Farm Forum

When faced with predator control or wildlife damage issues, livestock producers and landowners in Ziebach and Northwest Meade Counties can contact Spencer Lynch, the new wildlife damage specialist for S.D. Game, Fish & Parks.

Focused on protecting private landowner’s assets from predators, Lynch is a skilled trapper who has a degree in Wildlife Conservation Management from Missouri Western University.

“Our selection process is extensive. We were impressed by Spencer’s background and trapping skills. He grew up trapping coyote, fox, beaver and is eager to put these skills to use protecting livestock from predators,” says Mike Kintigh, Regional Supervisor for S.D. GF&P.

Growing up in the Ozarks of Southwest Missouri, Lynch spent his youth hunting and fishing. As a young teen he began trapping and selling furs to local fur buyers. When it came time to choose a career, he says all he wanted to do was trap professionally, so he pursued a degree in Wildlife Management.

“When you’re trapping each day is different. I enjoy working outdoors and learning about the animals and their habitat,” says Lynch, who spent time before he graduated interning for S.D. GF&P as a Wildlife Damage Specialist, trapping in northeast South Dakota.

New to the area, Lynch will spend time between calls for assistance with getting to know the area landowners and understanding the predator issues that impact the counties he serves. He is replacing Wildlife Damage Specialist, Brad Buescher, who moved to the Philip district.

“Spencer is equipped and ready to begin assisting producers and landowners with predator control issues and game animal damage,” says John Kanta, Regional Wildlife Manager for S.D. GF&P.

Lynch joins a team of 24 S. D. GF&P Wildlife Damage Specialists who work in counties across South Dakota. In 2013 they responded to more than 1,900 requests and worked with more than 1,200 livestock producers to stop predators. This year, the joint efforts of S. D. GF&P, Predator Control Districts and USDA Wildlife Services resulted in the removal of 8,058 coyotes, statewide.

Kanta encourages all Ziebach and northwest Meade County livestock producers and landowners to contact Lynch with all their predator control and wildlife damage issues. Lynch can be contacted by calling 605-967-2055.