Prairie Dog Debate Pops Up Again


Boulder County Commissioners recently met to discuss updates to the county’s 10-year prairie dog management plan. The update will not alter management of the plan which generally protects the species from extermination, but will update population, habitat and density numbers from across the county. The amount of acreage classified by the county as “no-prairie-dog” but is nonetheless inhabited by the pests, has slightly more than doubled from a decade ago. This places the county in a precarious position.

Jesse Trost, with Animal and Pest Control Specialists, pulls a foam covered prairie dog from its burrow in open space in Lafayette on Oct. 20, 2008.

However according to the Boulder Daily Camera, despite a four-fold increase in the total amount of open space land occupied by prairie dogs, the county isn’t looking at altering its management strategy.

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