Morning Brief: Prairie dog management on county open space – annual public meeting Tuesday, Dec. 18

This a press release from Boulder County and is published by the Longmont Observer as a public service.

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Boulder County Parks & Open Space will host its annual public meeting concerning prairie dog management on Boulder County Parks & Open Space properties on Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Staff will be available to discuss the variety of activities conducted in 2018 and how the department will address current challenges on agricultural lands. Public comment is invited. No changes are proposed to the Prairie Dog Habitat Element of the Grassland and Shrubland Management Policy.

     What: Annual public meeting on prairie dog management.

     When: Tuesday, Dec. 18., 5:30-7 p.m.

     Where: Ron Stewart Parks & Open Space Building, 5201 St. Vrain Road, Longmont

For more information, please visit or contact Jeff Moline, Resource Planning Division Manager, at 303-678-6270 or

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  1. Luke Sullivan
    523 Little Fox Ct.
    Longmont, CO 80501
    (757) 418-1487

    December 21, 2018

    To Whom It May Concern:

    On December 17, 2018 I attended The Annual Prairie Dog City Council Meeting held at the Ron Stewart Parks and Open Space in Longmont. During the meeting they discussed three main points of interest: land designation, prairie dog management, and the value of black footed ferrets.
    First, they addressed three types of land designation for the state of Colorado. HCAs (Habitat Conservation Areas) which are elusively used for prairie dogs. In other words, prairie dogs are allowed to roam free in their natural habitat. Also, at the meeting they mentioned MOAs (Multiple Objective Areas) which means that The Division of Colorado Parks and Wildlife have some control over prairie dog lands. Finally, they mentioned NPDs (No Prairie Dogs) which means this land is mainly set aside for crop land and prairie dogs are not allowed.
    Second, at the meeting they mentioned prairie dog management. Currently, they manage prairie dogs by using carbon monoxide and leveling their burrows. In the past they mentioned they had used edible pellets, yet found this was not an effective means of termination. Additionally, they manage prairie dogs by live trapping and or relocating the prairie dogs to The Raptor Center.
    Finally, during the meeting they talked about the value of Black Footed Ferrets. Black Footed Ferrets are extremely valuable because they prey on prairie dogs; therefore, if we completely eliminate prairie dogs then Black Footed Ferrets will become endangered or possibly even become extinct. Furthermore, if Black Footed Ferrets become extinct the food chain will be severely effected. For example, coyotes will also become endangered because they feed on Black Footed Ferrets.
    In conclusion, by attending The Annual Prairie Dog City Council Meeting I learned that we can not annihilate prairie dogs because it will have a grave impact on our community.


    Luke Sullivan
    BoyScout Troop #66
    (12 years old)

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