Wealth of Wildlife Historical

Wealth of Wildlife Historical (HM1X4S)

Location: Eden, SD 57232 Marshall County
Country: United States of America

N 45° 39.591', W 97° 32.541'

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Fort Sisseton State Park

The Coteau des Prairies and glacial lakes region was a wonderful habitat for wildlife. The post surgeon, who also served as the post naturalist, kept records of the wildlife he observed. Through his records, we learn that human interference has had a significant impact. By 187 6, Captain Bennett issued an order prohibiting the hunting of prairie chickens on the military reservation because the numbers were declining rapidly. Captain Bennett's order is believed to be the first conservation proclamation issued in what is now northeast South Dakota.


Elk, buffalo, large grey wolf, black bear, otter and marten are among animals listed in the surgeon's reports that we no longer find in this region. Some animals that are still common today are deer, red fox, badger, skunk, weasel, beaver, rabbit, ground squirrel and muskrat. Today, the Department of Game, Fish and Parks supports wildlife with feeding plots and stations south and west of the fort grounds.
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HM NumberHM1X4S
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Date Added Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 9:03am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 613558 N 5057288
Decimal Degrees45.65985000, -97.54235000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 39.591', W 97° 32.541'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 39' 35.46" N, 97° 32' 32.46" W
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Area Code(s)605
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Co Hwy 5, Eden SD 57232, US
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