Since their introduction in the state less than a decade ago, zebra mussels have found their way into 13 bodies of water across South Dakota, most notably leaping westward into Pactola Reservoir last month. Some interest groups think the Department of Game, Fish and Parks could be doing more to slow the spread.
The House agriculture committee approved sending the funding request to the joint appropriations committee. Ranchers say airborne hunting -- a pilot and a gunner -- are needed to thin a coyote population threatening livestock.
State law already allows for using moonlight to aide in night hunting on public lands. The new bill, brought by Sen. Mike Rohl, R-Aberdeen, allows for night vision for persons hunting after sunset, but not artificial light.