Wildlife Law Enforcement Concentration

Become the Law and Order of Wildlife Conservation

Our concentration in wildlife law enforcement is the only program of its kind in South Dakota. This collage of classes gives you a background in criminal justice and communication while you get your wildlife management degree.

As a wildlife conservation officer, you will:

  • Protect wildlife populations
  • Ensure fair and equitable use of natural resources
  • Protect state property
  • Enforce hunting and fishing laws

Throughout your career, you will interact with thousands of sportsmen and women. You will perform fish and wildlife surveys, work with nuisance wildlife, and take classes on wildlife management, hunter education, trapping and fishing.

You'll need to be well-versed in the laws concerning wildlife and how to communicate these laws effectively with those who use the areas you protect.

Your law enforcement emphasis will prepare you for making arrests, executing search warrants, investigating reported violations, preparing affidavits and testifying in court.

This emphasis will give you a working knowledge of the American legal system, including:

  • Criminal investigation techniques;
  • Arrest procedures; and
  • The communication skills needed for working with the public.

Take Classes Like…

  • American Legal Systems
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • ... in addition to your wildlife management courses.

Find more of the classes you will take in our academic catalog.

Get to Know Your Professors

Our low student-to-teacher ratio offers valuable one-on-one interaction with professors who care about you and your work.

Any Questions?

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