Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Green groups want to shut down hunting of prairie dogs in NM conservation area

WildEarth Guardians and other groups in New Mexico Claim that prairie dogs, which have been relocated to new habitat, at great expense and prolonged planning for ecological benefit— should be protected—not the target of open season for “sport” hunters. In recent days, WildEarth Guardians, Northern New Mexico Group of The Sierra Club, Animal Protection of New Mexico, five other wildlife advocacy groups and the Sante Fe County Commissioner, filed a petition, which was endorsed by Mayor David Coss, to Bureau of Land Management (BLM). It requests a federal ruling to restrict the shooting of regularly trans-located Gunnison’s prairie dogs into the El Malpais National Conservation Area (NCA). The indiscriminate shooting of relocated, potentially threatened prairie dogs that are a linchpin species, makes no sense, but it is currently allowed in all areas of the NCA, without the requirement of a license or permit...more

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