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Prairie dogs get reprieve

December 16, 2008

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— Prairie dogs in a northwestern Kansas county could be spared — at least for now.

Officials in Logan County are examining plans for poisoning the prairie dogs after concerns arose about the harm that could also come to rare black-footed ferrets that have recently been reintroduced to the state after 50 years.

County commissioners notified landowners last month that they would start poisoning the prairie dogs Monday. That drew concern among wildlife authorities who feared the poisoning could kill a colony of the ferrets that the federal government reintroduced last year.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service met with officials of Audubon of Kansas and Logan County last week. For now, the prairie dogs and ferrets have a reprieve until February, when county officials meet again with wildlife authorities.

“They are continuing to seek ways to do some poisoning, but basically they understand now they can’t charge out and start poisoning,” said Ron Klataske, executive director of Audubon of Kansas.

The commissioners are operating under a state statute that allows county governments to poison land where prairie dogs live and then bill the landowner for the extermination.

Klataske said reintroducing the ferrets will allow the prairie dogs to be controlled naturally if the process is successful. He said black-footed ferrets prey on prairie dogs and live and raise their young in prairie dog burrows.

Comments

pinecreek 6 years, 5 months ago

'The commissioners are operating under a state statute that allows county governments to poison land where prairie dogs live and then bill the landowner for the extermination.'What a stupid, outdated and ill-informed statute. Prairie dogs are a keystone species that contribute to the food chain as well as burrow homes for other animals and create better quality vegetation for grazing cattle. Too bad that our state can't get this and other outmoded legislation off hte books and use those county funds for better uses.

Calliope877 6 years, 5 months ago

Aww..prairie dogs are cute and squeaky...

gr 6 years, 5 months ago

"Aww..prairie dogs are cute and squeaky…"Don't you know it! Especially squeaky when cows step on them."Prairie dogs are a keystone species that contribute to the food chain as well as burrow homes for other animals "Guess nothing is contributing to the food chain nor "burrow homes" for other animals around here?"and create better quality vegetation for grazing cattle. "And breaking cows and horses' feet? I'm not sure how clear cutting the grass around their town helps vegetation."Too bad that our state can't get this and other outmoded legislation off hte books and use those county funds for better uses."County funds? The article says "bill the landowner for the extermination".

pinecreek 6 years, 5 months ago

And breaking cows and horses' feet? I'm not sure how clear cutting the grass around their town helps vegetation.Just a farmer's wife's tale...go check out how prairie dogs build their burrows and mounds, you might understand how they actually live on the prairie. And how they actually add to the overall eco-environment.

gr 6 years, 5 months ago

"go check out how prairie dogs build their burrows and mounds"Does standing on their mound looking down into their burrow count?

oldcutup 6 years, 5 months ago

Gr, can you send me evidence of broken legs of your cattle or horses? If you can I will remove you from the roles of stupid farmer that loves to kill things. Take your grandchildren out on the range with you when you feel like killing wildlfe and watch their response.. How could you kill a part of nature for you selfish rewards. I feel very sorry for you and your closed world..

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