Mellette County

Mellette County, South Dakota

PO Box 257
White River, SD 57579
Phone: (605) 259-3230
Fax: (605) 259-3030

In south-central SD, south of Pierre; organized May 25, 1911 from Tripp County. Name Origin: For Arthur C. Mellette (1842-96), first governor of SD (1889-93)

Area (sq mi):: 1309.75 (land 1306.49; water 3.26) Population per square mile: 1.60
Population 2005: 2,088 State rank: 60 Population change: 2000-20005 0.20%; 1990-2000 -2.50% Population 2000: 2,083 (White 44.50%; Black or African American 0.00%; Hispanic or Latino 1.70%; Asian 0.10%; Other 55.10%). Foreign born: 0.40%. Median age: 32.10
Income 2000: per capita $10,362; median household $23,219; Population below poverty level: 35.80% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $15,359-$16,725
Unemployment (2004): 5.70% Unemployment change (from 2000): -0.80% Median travel time to work: 21.30 minutes Working outside county of residence: 27.60%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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Hillman (1968), working in Mellette County, South Dakota, documented aggressive behavior by black-tailed prairie dogs towards ferrets during the morning, particularly when ferrets approached burrows containing young prairie dogs.
5, 1915, in Mellette County, South Dakota, to John and Elizabeth Woehl Schamber.
Confirmed animals positive Location Species tested (a) Facility A Prairie dogs 163 61 Retrieved from other Prairie dogs 7 1 Texas facilities Czech Republic Prairie dogs 6 1 Trapper facility, TX Prairie dogs 8 1 Trapper facility, SD Prairie dogs 2 0 Michigan Prairie dogs 2 0 Facility A Chinchilla, sugarglider, 16 0 hedgehog, red squirrel, eastern chipmunk Field investigation, Prairie dogs, deer mice, 90 0 Mellette County, white-footed mice, SD grasshopper mice, ground squirrel, jack rabbit, meadow vole (a) Prairie dogs were confirmed positive on recovery of an isolate with characteristic growth on cysteine heart agar with 9% chocolatized blood and positive testing of the isolate by direct fluorescent antibody or polymerase chain reaction.
Life may not be so sunny for Sioux tribal members if Sun Prairie Farms gets its way and constructs the third-largest hog operation in the world on tribal land in Mellette County, South Dakota.
Some 20 years ago, the species was considered extinct in the wild after the last known survivors were taken into captivity from South Dakota's Mellette County.