CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (CBS4)– A new development in Castle Rock has some wildlife enthusiasts upset that the construction is ruining a natural habitat and puts the local prairie dog population at risk.

The proposed site for a large, new shopping center is just north of the Outlets at Castle Rock on the west side of Interstate 25 north of the Town of Castle Rock. The Promenade at Castle Rock will cover 166 acres along with many prairie dog burrows.

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“We can not relocate now because they’re mating and will be having their pups soon,” said prairie dog advocate Sandy Nervig.

Nervig estimates there are 1,000 prairie dogs on the property. Her group is asking the developer to hold off on the project for three months until they can relocate the animals.

“We just want three months to get them out of here, the mall… if they’re putting in a mall, will be here forever,” said Nervig.

Peter Cudlip from Alberta Development Partners spoke about the project at the Castle Rock Council meeting on Tuesday.

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(credit: CBS)

“Since we can’t find a permanent relocation site at this point, is to remove the prairie dogs before we start grating,” said Cudlip.

Those hoping to save the prairie dogs aren’t convinced enough is being done to preserve a place the prairie dogs can call a permanent home.

“They’ve been my life for the last 15 years,” said Nervig.

The developers declined to comment on this story.

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