Ban on Prairie Dog Shoots Rejected

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Denver (AP) _ The Colorado Wildlife Commission has rejected a
conservation group's petition to ban prairie dog shoots.

The commission voted unanimously against the petition by
Wildearth Guardians Thursday during its meeting in Grand Junction.

Wildearth Guardians says that using live prairie dogs as targets
violates the Colorado law against animal cruelty. The group also says that prairie dogs are important because so many other species rely on them for food or use their burrows for shelter. But state wildlife officials recommended denying the petition, saying landowners need to be able to control prairie dogs because of the damage they do to property. Some hunters also fear the petition could have been a guise to prevent hunting.

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