If you are appalled by the use of these animals for target practice and/or killing contests, this is the place for you! We are vehemently opposed to prairie dog killing contests, and any/all varmint hunting for the sheer pleasure of killing these animals
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2006 is a big year for the Prairie Dog Coalition (PDC). This is our first year to be financially independent and operate without startup money. We have separated from Rocky Mountain Animal Defense, hired a professional accountant and are situating ourselves to become an independent and sustainable organization working for prairie dogs. In addition to taking these financial leaps, we have also structurally reorganized so that we can become the most effective and organized Coalition possible. This past spring, the Summerlee Foundation invested in the PDC and hired Sharon Negri of Wild Futures to evaluate our organization. Upon her analysis, we have implemented recommendations to better define the PDC. For example, now our office has issued the first of an annual survey of our members to learn what the PDC can do to increase the effectiveness of their advocacy efforts. From the first survey, we learned that advocates must perform better public outreach. Respondents believe they have strong messages about prairie dogs — such as the fact that nine species depend on them for survival, and their population has declined to a mere five percent — but we just aren’t getting the word out. To meet that challenge, the PDC office raised almost $45,000 to conduct a messaging poll in Colorado and South Dakota, hire professionals and offer a two-day workshop for members on training and creating a public outreach campaign. The PDC media and messaging workshop for members will take place at the Oxford Hotel in Denver, Colo., September 29-30. Dedicated members will participate in the PDC annual meeting October 1.
To continue these vital activities, we still must raise $12,000 this year. With four months to go, we are on track but recognize that this last haul will be a collaborative effort —- one that includes you. Please become a part of our success today and contribute in one or more of these ways:
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Prairie Dog coalition receives nonprofit status
Coalition members seek protections for
Gunnison’s prairie dog
Member groups Forest Guardians, Center for Native Ecosystems and Biodiversity Conservation Alliance served notice August 15th they intended to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for refusing to study whether to give federal protection to prairie dogs known for their ability to warn one another of danger in explicit detail. One expert, Con Slobodchikoff, a biology professor at Northern Arizona University, said the Gunnison's
prairie dog has the most sophisticated communications yet documented among non-humans. They can whistle different alarm calls for different predators that signal particular manners of escape, his studies have found. The alarm calls also describe the general size, color and speed of the predator, he said.
Among the biologists suing is Bob Luce, former coordinator of the Interstate Prairie Dog Team, a working
group of wildlife officials from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. In a statement, Luce said the Gunnison's prairie dog was clearly in decline across its range. He called it ``an ecological cornerstone of the high desert'' that deserved a range of protections. Forest Guardians and 73 other conservation groups or advocates had petitioned the Fish and Wildlife Service to open an inquiry that could lead to a listing under the Endangered Species Act.
Volume 3, Fall 2006 Fall 2006
Five Species Status
White-Tailed Prairie Dog The white-tailed prairie dog was petitioned and denied for Endangered Species Act listing in 2002. Since then documents have come to light showing that U.S. Fish & Wildlife biologists did believe that a status review should have been conducted - the negative finding was illegally orchestrated by a political appointee within the Department of Interior who overruled Service staff. This determination will be challenged soon. White-tailed prairie dogs occupy less than 8% of their historical habitat. Plague is present throughout the range of the white-tailed prairie dog, and oil and gas drilling is affecting much of its habitat.
Black-Tailed Prairie Dog The Black-tailed prairie dog was dropped as a candidate for listing as threatened in August of 2004. Since then, many efforts to protect the still declining species have dwindled. Advocates are collecting scientific data on the continued decline of the species to ask for reconsideration in the future.
Gunnison’s Prairie Dog Gunnison’s prairie dog is neither listed nor a candidate. In Feb 2006, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a negative finding on a petition to list under the Endangered Species Act, Member groups have clear evidence that this decision was illegally political. Their population status is unclear, but best estimates are less than 300,000 acres of occupied habitat remaining. We filed a notice of intent to sue and this will likely go to court in October.
Utah Prairie Dog Utah prairie dog is listed as threatened. Forest Guardians and others sued to obtain finding on petition to list as endangered. Under court order, a finding on that petition is due Feb 2007. The population status remains at about 9,000 adult individuals.
Mexican Prairie Dog The Mexican prairie dog was listed as endangered in 1970. Therefore, it is illegal to kill a Mexican prairie dog — at least on paper. However, Mexican prairie dogs do not exist within well-protected lands such as National Parks. Despite endangered-species status, the geographic range of Mexican prairie dogs appears to be declining.
Inside this issue:
Five Species Status
Because of Us
From The Director
Earth Friends Challenge
Prairie Dog Tales
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“This hunt is available anytime of the year, although the summer months are the best time. The prairie dog pups are still young and untrained to the effects of hollow points. Boss Ranch offers hunting on several thousand acres of prairie dog towns. Most towns are well over 200 acres and we have over 8 to choose from. Close shots will be 100 yards to 300 yards, and the longer shots can range from 350 yards to almost infinity.... This is a great opportunity to practice target shooting, relieve some stress, or just burn through a few hundred rounds of ammo in the off season... We advise making reservations at least two months in advance for hunts during May, June, or July”
Prairie Dog Hunt First Day $300 (per hunter) Each Day After $200 (per hunter) Note: These prices do not include lodging, meals, or a guide. This is only a daily hunt fee.
Deluxe Prairie Dog Hunt
The Best Packaged Pasture Poodle Hunt Available! · Plink Prairie dogs all day and tour the ranch in the evening viewing other wildlife. Be sure to bring a camera. · This hunt is three days with four nights stay. 2 or 3 Hunters $1,550 (per hunter) 4 or 5 Hunters $1,375 (per hunter) 6 to 10 Hunters $1,275 (per hunter)
The Economy All Inclusive Prairie Dog Package. · Includes lodging, meals, and this hunt is semi-guided. The guides will direct hunters to the Prairie Dog towns and show them the hot spots. The hunters will be able to hunt at their own pace and leisure. · Plink Prairie dogs all day and tour the ranch in the evening viewing other wildlife. Be sure to bring a camera. · This hunt is two days with two nights stay. 2 or 3 Hunters $950 (per hunter) 4 or 5 Hunters $850 (per hunter) 6 to 10 Hunters $750 (per hunter)
Deluxe Prairie Dog & Jack-Rabbit Combination This is the Ultimate Barrel Heating Package! · Includes lodging, meals, a vehicle for use on the ranch, and airport shuttle from Midland International Airport (MAF). This hunt is fully guided. The guides are available during the day for spotting Prairie Dogs, shooting tips, and finding the hot spots. The guides will also conduct the night hunting for Jack Rabbits. BOSS Ranch will provide shooting benches, rests, cleaning supplies, and a shade to shoot under. Hunters need the bring rifles, binoculars, spotting scopes, and range finders. · Plink for Prairie Dogs all day, take a tour of other wildlife in the evening, and shoot Jack-Rabbits at night. (The night Jack-Rabbit Hunt is with the aid of spot lights from the back of a pick-up. The hunts typically last for several hours depending upon success. We have taken well over 100 rabbits in one night. Slow nights would be 20 to 30 rabbits.) · This is a three day hunt with four nights stay. Hunters will enjoy 3 days of Prairie Dog hunting, and 3 nights of Jack Rabbit hunting. 2 or 3 Hunters $1,700 each 4 or 5 Hunters $1,500 each 6 to 10 Hunters $1,400 each
The Economy Prairie Dog & Jack-Rabbit Combination · Includes lodging, meals, and this hunt is semi-guided. Hunters will have a guide at night on the Jack Rabbit hunt. During the day, the guide will show them the hot spots and different towns. Then the hunters are able to hunt at their own pace, and leisure. · Plink for Prairie Dogs all day, take a tour of other wildlife in the evening, and shoot Jack-Rabbits at night. (The night Jack-Rabbit Hunt is with the aid of spot lights from the back of a pick-up. The hunts typically last for several hours depending upon success. We have taken well over 100 rabbits in one night. Slow nights would be 20 to 30 rabbits.)
If this sickens you, take action:
Black-tailed Prairie Dogs Need Endangered Species Act Protection
Mandy F and I picked it up and ran with it. Mandy has done a lot of research and provided me with some addresses to write letters. I did find a petition to help save the black-tailed prairie dogs by protecting them under the Endangered Species Act. It’s not on Care2, but please, PLEASE sign this!!
Read the information posted here and you won’t believe it! They are killing these animals in the name of SPORT!!! It’s horrific… we have to help stop this endless slaughter for “fun”. There are even videos on www.dogbegone.com showing them being blown away by a “man” with a weapon. It’s disgusting! It’s SICK!
Please read these posts….and spread the word. PLEASE HELP!!!! Also visit a site that is trying to help stop this slaughter, www.prairiedogcoalition.org.
Man’s endless disregard for animals of the earth is intolerable. It makes me want to weep for these defenseless creatures, and the fact that they are teaching the children to kill and enjoy doing it is frightening. You can see proud pictures of their “kills” on http://www.varminthunter.org/