South Dakota agency streams Black Hills conditions online

LEAD, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is using cameras to give outdoor enthusiasts a glimpse of snowmobile trail conditions in the Black Hills.

The three cameras currently in use are placed at Kirk Trailhead south of Lead, Hardy Station and near Savoy. The Kirk Trailhead camera shows the actual trail, while the other two show general conditions in close proximity to trails. Anyone can view the conditions by visiting the department's website.

Department official Shannon Percy tells the Black Hills Pioneer that they're looking to acquire more trail cameras.

He says the issue is that the cameras require power and cell phone coverage where they're installed, which is often difficult to find. Percy says the Department of Transportation is testing new camera systems that use solar power.

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