Wildlife management areas affected by flooding

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says more than half of the state's 72,000 wildlife management area acres along the Missouri River have suffered from months of flooding.

Biologists say nearly 40,000 acres that were once some of the most pristine public hunting lands in the state will be devoid of wildlife and deer and pheasant hunters this fall.

Wildlife resource management supervisor Jeb Williams says 15,000 acres of the Oahe Wildlife Management Area have been inundated with water, essentially turning it into swampland.

Many of the 20-plus wildlife management areas from Williston to south of Bismarck on the river system were entirely or partially flooded through spring and summer.

Game experts say it will take a while for the areas to recover.