Since the new Congress took over in January, anti-wildlife politicians have launched 63 legislative attacks on the Endangered Species Act — despite the law’s immense success and broad public support. Attacks from Congress are largely to satisfy the fossil fuel industry and other special interests that oppose being regulated.
Calls to gut the Endangered Species Act are dangerous and damaging to the work of preserving our natural heritage. Instead, Congress should provide more funding to help save our most imperiled wildlife.
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The controversy over the treatment of prairie dogs on the future site of a north Boulder housing development was to have been settled eight months ago.
It’s roared back to life, though, as prairie dog allies have made new allegations against the developer, who’s responded by calling them defaming “extremists.”
In late August, Boulder made the announcement that a colony of more than 100 prairie dogs would be spared, after a very public, monthslong spectacle in which animal rights advocates pressured developer Bruce Dierking not to kill the critters simply because they lived on his construction site.
KUSA – Larimer County Commissioners voted to euthanize around 250 prairie dogs on Tuesday as they prepare to break ground on a new county building.
Voters were promised a new county office building in 2013 to replace an “undersized” one built in the ’60s. It’s slated to sit in the heart of Loveland at First Street and Denver Avenue.
Before breaking ground, commissioners made the decision about the prairie dogs after months of discussion.
“Larimer County is going to humanely trap and euthanize [them],” Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly said.
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The article does not address the fact that prairie dogs have declined by up to 98% in population and range over the past 120 years thanks to the reasons stated: The animals have faced declining numbers due to plague, loss of habitat (ranching, farming, urban development), and other issues.
The Denver Post reports a recent federal survey conducted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists shows the animals have two times more habitat than expected at 500,000 acres.
These rodents help sustain endangered black-footed ferrets and more than 100 other species on the Great Plains.
Environmentalists, developers and the state tend to clash when it comes to prairie dogs.
The animals have faced declining numbers due to plague, urban development, and other issues.
Tina Jackson of Colorado Parks and Wildlife says a listing of a species like this would have a huge impact on landowners and restrict activities on their property.
She said a lack of adequate space for prairie dogs would trigger ecological impacts.
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