SD Game, Fish & Parks erroneously issues 2K big horn sheep hunting licenses
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1,998 hunters may have been disappointed to find they were not selected for a bighorn sheep hunting license due to a file error sent by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.
The state Game, Fish and Parks Department issued a news release Thursday explaining approximately 2,000 hunters were incorrectly notified they had drawn a South Dakota 2013 Bighorn Sheep hunting license. The email was sent before the error was discovered.
In a news release, Game, Fish and Parks License Office Supervisor Shon Eide wanted to reassure hunters that the error was not caused by any breach in security. Eide said an incorrect file was downloaded as part of the message process within the system. All personal information is safe, Eide said.
The error was detected halfway through the notification process. Within 30 minutes a corrected e-mail was sent notifying applicants that they had been unsuccessful.
Game, Fish and Parks says there were no errors in the draw process itself and there is no need for re-drawing. Two licenses were issued and the winners were contacted by phone to confirm their success. No unsuccessful applicant was charged the actual license fee.
"We know the high regard that hunters hold for these licenses, and we apologize for the erroneous notification that was sent," Eide said in the news release.