Citizens to protest prairie dog killing

Black-tailed Prairie Dog

Black-tailed Prairie Dog (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Concerned citizens will be holding a peaceful demonstration on Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 1 PM – 5 PM at the intersection of Colorado Highway 52 and Interstate 25 in Frederick.  Local wildlife advocates take issue with the Town of Frederick’s immediate plan to exterminate a large number of prairie dogs and the recent mandate to fine private landowners for not killing prairie dogs on their own private land.

We believe that translocating prairie dogs to other sites and implementing other non-lethal alternatives provide a better alternative to using poisons. Additionally, the Town of Frederick could set aside protected prairie dog habitat and receiving sites for displaced prairie dogs.

Furthermore, poisoning is cruel and inhumane. It requires that people re-apply the poisons on a regular basis, continually putting these dangerous chemicals into our environment and killing other animals that live in prairie dog burrows. Kellie Cremer, local prairie dog advocate, said, “We have to stop sending the message to our children that it’s okay to poison their wildlife and destroy their natural heritage. The fact is that these practices are cruel and inhumane.”

Prairie dogs positively impact nine other species of wildlife. Hawks, owls, foxes, ferrets and many others depend on prairie dogs for food or their burrows for shelter. If we want all these prairie species to survive, we need a healthy prairie dog population.

Concerned citizens attending this demonstration also seek to combat misinformation regarding prairie dogs and public health and to let decision makers know there are alternatives to lethal control.

What:      Peaceful demonstration for the prairie dogs
When:     Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 1-5 pm
Where:    Intersection of Colorado Hwy. 52 and Interstate 25 in Frederick
Parking:  Park-n-Ride

  3 comments for “Citizens to protest prairie dog killing

  1. Daniel
    March 1, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    There is no reason for this inhumane and regressive lethal solution to the prairie dogs in Frederick. There is no plague risk to humans. Ther are new barriers that are effective in containing colonies.There is land within the county for relocation.Plus the requirement that landowners risk fine on their own property. Talk government intrusion and property rights! These animals are native to Colorado and a keystone species that support several other forms of wildlife.Frederick, join the 21st century.

  2. Ruby Bowman
    March 2, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I agree with Daniel. If there is land to relocate, then the animals should be relocated. More power to Frederick citizens who want to save their prairie dogs!!

  3. Sonetto
    March 7, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Here we go again. I just watched a documentary discussing the near-elimination of wolves in the 20th century and the later decision that wolves could co-exist with other animals. When a wolf is determined to pose a danger or becomes too interested in humans, it’s either shot or relocated — but not packs all around. Prairie dogs CAN be relocated, and pesticides or other agents used to exterminate them will further poison our environment. We should have learned lessons from DDT, but apparently we didn’t.

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