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Private Landowners May Be Forced to Kill Prairie Dogs

Private Landowners May Be Forced to Kill Prairie Dogs

Starting March 5, the town of Frederick, CO, plans to begin killing off two of its largest prairie dog colonies and passed an ordinance that will require private property owners to remove them from their land, citing health concerns.

The town is bringing in a private company, Rocky Mountain Wildlife Services, to poison the prairie dogs and residents who fail to remove prairie dogs from their own property will be subject to a ticket and a fine of up to $1,000.

Last weekend, activists protested extermination plans and argued that the incredibly social prairie dog plays a vital role in the prairie ecosystem as a keystone species.

“We should not be destroying our natural heritage by killing prairie dogs. We should not be teaching our children to not have compassion for animals; and we shouldn’t be showing the world that we don’t care about our environment by killing prairie dogs,” said activist Kelllie Cremer.

There are at least 30 species of wildlife that depend on prairie dogs directly, or by opportunistically using their colonies and another 117 species that are likely to benefit from their presence, in addition to supporting plant and diversity around their colonies, according to the Prairie Dog Coalition.

Not only is the lethal control of prairie dogs by poisoning cruel and inhumane, but forcing private landowners to kill animals on their own property is just beyond words.

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Please sign the petition asking Frederick officials to reconsider this ordinance and adopt alternative methods of dealing with prairie dogs from habitat modification to relocation.

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7:34PM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

a fine for refusing to kill wildlife?

12:14PM PDT on May 27, 2012

The city officials or this article fails to adequately explain why they want to kill the prairie dogs. The only problem I know of from prairie dogs is when a horse steps in one of their tunnels, the horse is liable to break a leg.

10:22AM PDT on May 27, 2012

signed....

10:22AM PDT on May 27, 2012

signed....

3:42AM PDT on May 7, 2012

Petition signed on March 7th.

12:28AM PDT on May 2, 2012

This would not be happening if the majority of people did not let it happen by their lack of action to say one simple word NO that is enough killing. What the point in Americans having the right to bear arms when they are too spineless to use them to ensure government with humility and unconditional Love of Humanity and all of nature on this planet.

8:04AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Why do humans think that killing is the solution???? This is part and parcel what is truly wrong with our world.

And people wonder why I love {my} animals and despise {most} people..........

6:24PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

NOT ON!

10:11AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

signed, thanks for sharing

4:39PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

This is ridiculous, no one should be forced to kill; fining people for NOT murdering? Now I have heard it all!

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