SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The deadline to weigh in on a new federal plan that would loosen contentious endangered-species protections for Utah prairie dogs is looming.
The public-comment period closes Thursday on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan that would allow prairie dogs to be killed or removed from private property more often.
Comments can be submitted on regulations.gov or mailed to the fish and wildlife service headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia.
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Sometimes you wish you could read your pet’s mind. Why does your dog hide when the vacuum cleaner comes out but bark like mad at the dishwasher? How come your cat sometimes turns up her nose at her favorite food?
In many instances, we can figure our pets out. Standing at the back door or hovering over a food bowl aren’t tough to interpret. But there are plenty of other situations that sometimes leave us baffled, pushing us to consult veterinarians, trainers and behaviorists for help.
But soon we may just have to listen and a pet translator will tell us what’s going on.
Con Slobodchikoff, a professor emeritus of biology at Northern Arizona University and the author of “Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals,” is a pioneer in animal communication.
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Boulder County Parks and Open Space conducted “live trappings” of prairie dogs at seven properties in 2017 — six of them on areas designated “no prairie dog” zones — but the majority of the trapped rodents were destined for raptor and black-footed ferret programs.
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