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SDGFP putting more resources in urban fishing

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's state wildlife agency is focusing more on urban and community fishing areas, so they're well stocked, healthy and attracting anglers.

The Game, Fish and Parks Department says with more people moving from rural areas to cities, hunting and fishing revenue is going down.

Those license fees totaled $26.8 million in 2012 - down about $700,000 from 2007.

Other GFP divisions receive funding from the Legislature. But the wildlife section operates without such help, so that reduction eats into the amount the state has available to maintain hunting and fishing areas.

John Lott with agency's fisheries program says the state has stocked bodies of water in cities for years, but the urban growth prompted it to be more deliberate and go where the people are.



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