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The Colorado Department of Transportation is using nonlethal methods to safely relocate prairie dogs at a construction site along Highway 119 at Jay Road, in Boulder, CO. Their efforts are being assisted by The Humane Society of the United States Prairie Dog Coalition
"We’re thrilled CDOT is using nonlethal means to relocate this keystone species," said Ghia Speakman, program manager for The HSUS’ Prairie Dog Coalition. "This effort demonstrates that we can protect imperiled prairie dogs at construction sites. We support CDOT with their humane and supported approach to prairie dog management and are excited to see these animals relocated."
To move the prairie dogs away from the heavy equipment, CDOT is catching them and actively relocating each one to a safer environment.
"Per Colorado Department of Transportation policy, whenever possible we try to minimize our construction footprint near prairie dog colonies, and when that cannot be accomplished, CDOT tries to ensure that only minimal impacts to black-tailed prairie dogs and surround habits occur," said Carol Parr, region 4 environmental manager for CDOT. "We are grateful to the Prairie Dog Coalition’s past and future help with relocations."
The Prairie Dog Coalition is an alliance of non-profit organizations, concerned citizens, and scientists dedicated to the protection of prairie dogs and restoration of prairie dog ecosystems.
Photos of a typical prairie dog relocation supplied by the Prairie Dog Coalition. To learn more, please see this page.