Wildlife Management - The Future of Wildlife Management
The methods of wildlife management have changed dramatically over the last 100 years as our knowledge and understanding of nature have increased. This can only continue if we study the natural processes that protect and control the ecosystems and make adjustments based on what we learn.
Learning From the Past
The early attempts at managing wildlife show clearly how limited our under-standing of nature was, but the fact that attempts were made is of utmost importance. We would have lost a large part of our natural heritage without those attempts. These attempts became the basis of a growing and improving process that we are still striving for today.
Protecting the Future
Managing the natural resources of the park has been difficult and we have not overcome all the difficulties. Just as past managers struggled with brucellosis, over-population, droughts, and other issues, today's managers struggle with chronic wasting disease, drought, the invasion of exotic plants, and over-population within this 33,851 acre park. Like past managers, we will encounter many surprises, but the goal remains the same - protecting the animals, the prairie, and an exciting part of our heritage on the mixed grass prairie of Wind Cave National Park.
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Did You Know?
Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.