Ban on Prairie Dog Shoots Rejected

By: AP
By: AP

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.

(Copyright 2008 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Dillon Location: Grand Junction on May 7, 2008 at 06:06 AM
    I thought the endangered species list was for the animals that where ALMOST extinct...last time i check there where so many prairie dogs you couldn't spit without hitting one. If the Wild Earth People can name one thing that the P.Dog contributes to this world...aside from carrying the Black Plague and eating their own dead... i would love to protect them....
  • by dee Location: grand junction on May 2, 2008 at 05:08 AM
    A colt or calf that has to be shot because of a broken leg after steping in a prairie dog hole is inhumane. These animals are prairie rats that carry blue bonic plague and god knows what else. I bet the folks that want to save them would kill a rat in there home in a minute and these creatures are worse than any rat. Let our hunter type people shoot them and leave our deer, antilope, and elk rest in peace until hunting season.
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