Conservation, Animal Welfare Groups to Forest Service: Reject Prairie Dog Poisonings on Thunder Basin
Thousands of Prairie Dogs and Associated Wildlife In Danger of Being Poisoned
Additional Contact: Naseem Amini, Humane Society of the United States: (301) 48-7793 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WY – Conservation and animal welfare organizations have joined forces to submit
written comments urging the U.S. Forest Service to consider an alternative plan
to poison prairie dog colonies on Wyoming’s Thunder Basin National Grassland
within 1/4 mile of private or state land.
Humane Society of the United States, Biodiversity Conservation Alliance,
Defenders of Wildlife, WildEarth Guardians and others are leaders in this
initiative that would save an estimated 16,000 prairie dogs.
2009, after years of planning and public input, officials set aside 85,000
acres in the Thunder Basin National Grassland as an area where prairie dogs
would be protected from poisons and shooting. Today, this area contains the
best prairie dog habitat on any National Grassland in America, but the U.S.
Forest Service’s proposed plan would shrink this protected area by 22,000
Sterling Krank, director of the Prairie Dog Coalition of The HSUS stated, “The
Forest Service has to find a non-lethal and humane way to manage prairie dogs
on Thunder Basin rather than spending taxpayer dollars on poison. The public
and our nation’s wildlife deserve better.”
proposed use of anticoagulant poisons on federal lands to kill prairie dogs
will also impact wildlife that consume poisoned prairie dogs, including hawks,
eagles, badgers and foxes. Death from such poisons is often a slow, painful
process. Furthermore, moving forward with poisoning prairie dogs on Thunder
Basin will result in another postponement of the reintroduction of the
endangered black-footed ferret to one of America’s best remaining habitats for
non-lethal ways to manage prairie dogs along Thunder Basin’s boundary include
building vegetative barriers to deter prairie dogs from expanding onto
neighboring lands, and when necessary, relocating prairie dog colonies from
boundary areas to protected areas far from private lands. Other alternatives
may be available to the Forest Service, including incentive packages for
Jones, endangered species advocate for WildEarth Guardians said, “These
dangerous poisons shouldn’t be used anywhere, much less in one of our last best
are encouraged to send their comments to the U.S. Forest Service by January 3.
Please see here for a link to public comments that can
be submitted to the U.S. Forest Service. They can also be emailed to: email@example.com or mailed to the U.S. Forest Service
Douglas Ranger District at 2250 E. Richards St. Douglas, Wyoming 82633.