Dr. Shaun Grassel is a wildlife biologist who works out on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation’s headquarters for the tribe’s Department of Wildlife, Fish and Recreation.
In addition, Shaun has recently taken a more active role in managing his family land in Lower Brule. In this episode, we discuss Dr. Grassel’s work with prairie dogs and the re-introduction of the black footed ferret, the natural predator of the prairie dog. There is a wide range of attitudes toward prairie dogs amongst ranchers and how they deal with them, and Dr. Grassel discusses this in the podcast.
There is a very interesting part where he discusses the dynamic nature of prairie dog’s interactions with their predators, black footed ferrets and their interactions with livestock. We are posting this as a special feature because we think this discussion, especially looking at re-introducing black footed ferrets into P-dog towns may be of interest to west river ranchers.
Dr. Grassel can be reached at the Lower Brule Department of Wildlife, Fish and Recreation: https://www.lowerbrulesiouxtribe.com/copy-of-enviromental-protection-office
Dr. Shaun Grassel’s Research Gate profile also provides one with an insight into his research interests: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Shaun-Grassel
Also please visit the SD NRCS Range and Pasture website for more information at: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/sd/technical/landuse/pasture/