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Blake Bappe, a wildlife damage specialist with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department who’s based in Mitchell, drives through farm land while checking snare traps for coyotes Thursday morning in Hanson County. Bappe, who works in six counties, will be aided in controlling predators, such as coyotes, by a plane recently acquired by the GF&P. Bappe will be the ground contact for aerial hunters. (Sean Ryan/Republic)

GF&P acquires another coyote-fighting weapon

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Coyotes in eastern South Dakota, beware.

The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks has received another airplane to use for its Wildlife Damage Management Program. The plane, which is operated through a joint effort by the GF&P and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services, will be used for aerial hunting of coyotes.

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