I agree with recent letter writer Carl Fritz that something is wrong with the idea of destroying prairie dogs. Nobel laureate Albert Schweitzer wrote, “Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives.”

Prairie dogs, members of the squirrel family, enrich the ground by aerating, fertilizing and grooming foliage; the plants in the areas of prairie dog colonies grow more nutrient-rich plants attractive to wildlife. A rancher in Kansas preferred to cultivate prairie dogs finding his cattle benefited from them, and the burrows prevented floods after intense storms.

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