Prior to the poisoning of privately owned grasslands in Wyoming, the Prairie Dog Coalition — organized by The Humane Society of the United States – laid over 500 traps to safely capture the prairie dogs inhabiting the land. The prairie dogs, some entire families, were then moved to the Thunder Basin National Grassland where they all received restored burrows.
This is the first time such a relocation has been carried out. And the venture was a success thanks to the combined efforts of government agencies and private animal welfare organizations.
Watch the successful rescue:
Photo credit: Tambako the Jaguar via flickr