Near Lake City in Marshall County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Wealth of Wildlife
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.
Location. 45° 39.591′ N, 97° 32.541′ W. Marker is near Lake City, South Dakota, in Marshall County Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake City SD 57247, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Post Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); This Fort is for the Birds (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bulldozing the Landscape (approx. half a mile away); Doctor's Residence (approx. 0.6 miles away); Commanding Officer's Quarters (approx. 0.6 miles away); Officers' Quarters (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hospital (approx. 0.6 miles away); Adjutants Office (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake City.
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 4, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.