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.
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.
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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