DENVER (AP/CBS4) – Colorado wildlife officials say they’re trying to relocate dozens of prairie dogs seized from a Castle Rock garage after the animals were removed from a shopping mall development site.

(credit: Colorado Parks & Wildlife)

(credit: Colorado Parks & Wildlife)

About 100 prairie dogs were trapped for relocation after arbitration with the developer, but plans to move them to a ranch in New Mexico fell through. On Tuesday, wildlife officers seized the animals in Castle Rock, removing them in the large tubs they had been kept in.

(credit: Colorado Parks & Wildlife)

(credit: Colorado Parks & Wildlife)

If relocation isn’t possible, Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill says they could be euthanized and fed to black-footed ferrets, an endangered animal that is a natural predator.

People have been protesting the destruction of prairie dogs that live in underground colonies to make way for the mall.

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