Don’t Exterminate Prairie Dog Colony

Prairie Dog

Target: Rick Owens, Chair of Metro District Board of Directors

Goal: Stop the unnecessary annihilation of prairie dogs in Murphy Creek, Colorado.

A colony of prairie dogs are scheduled to be exterminated in Murphy Creek, Colorado. The Metro District Board of Directors chose to grant the proposals to eliminate the colony instead of pursuing the option of relocation. The board of directors vetoed the relocation of the animals because it would delay action until the summer of 2016.

Murphy Creek citizens are voicing their frustrations against the increasing population of prairie dogs. While prairie dogs have a reputation of damaging crops and injuring farm animals, they are actually essential in maintaining our ecosystem. They provide food for predators, help create biological diversity and fertilize soil through their digging process. Animals also favor grazing in land that has been inhabited by prairie dogs.

While the invasion may be inconvenient for Murphy Creek residents, there are options available that would not harm the species. WildLands Defense has offered to organize relocation for the prairie dogs, which would take place next summer. Relocation may extend the time span for handling the situation, but it’s a small price to pay for preserving a dwindling species.

Preservation of prairie dogs should be prioritized as much as the needs of humans in the area. Demand that the Metro District Board of Directors rethink their decision to extinguish these valuable creatures and relocate them instead.


Dear Rick Owens,

It’s urgent that you reconsider the decision to exterminate the prairie dogs in Murphy Creek, Colorado. This species is dying out and as a community leader, your focus should be on preserving the natural environment. Please allow the necessary time needed to relocate rather than exterminate this fragile population. Prairie dogs are important to our ecosystem and provide food for other predators that are dependent on them for sustenance. They also help fertilize farmland and create biological diversity.

Animals have inhabited these lands long before people have. We cannot assume that the environment is ours to control and that we have the right to kill off helpless creatures because they are an inconvenience for humans. It’s understandable that the needs of Murphy Creek citizens must also be met, but there is a simple and available means of compromising so that both groups are taken care of. Relocation of the species will prevent them any harm and also keep the humans in the area happy. I urge you to pursue this course of action and save the prairie dogs in Murphy Creek.


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Photo Credit: April M. King

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  1. Dear Mr. Owens;

    A wait of a few months is a small price to pay if someone else is willing to relocate this colony. Besides, you can save the cost of the extermination by letting the relocation take place. It seems like a win-win for all parties, no?

    Scott Sheeler
    Loveland, CO

  2. the mistreatment of animals boggles the sane mind…brains have not evolved in the heads of these brutal killers and torturers of the innocent

  3. catherine jenereaux says:

    It would appear that culling of species is the only resolution Government officials understand. They give licenses to gun toting people and say go get your fix of shooting innocent animals. Wake up officials, you will be standing in front of your God and will have to answer for your actions or lack of actions.

  4. Heather Brophy says:


  5. Sue Waterman says:

    Why are we destroying the beauty and the resources of our world??? How insane! Is this our best effort? From sea to shining sea we shoot our wolves from helicopters, poison our bees, use depth charges that kill off our sea life, allow dog fighting and puppy mills. Really? Where is the integrity?

  6. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    The Animal Kingdom are citizens of this Earth and they should be entitled to their own freedom, their own families and their own lives. We have invaded the Homes and Homelands of nearly every animal on this planet yet we were never invited. Not one creature deserves to be tortured and/or murdered. Not one…

  7. The near extinction of the black footed ferret, the only ferret native to the US was brought on by the killing off of prairie dogs the ranchers complained that the prairie dogs were eating the grass their cows was supposed to eat. So when the prairie dogs went so did the black ferret almost, there was some ferrets found about 20 years ago and moved to a safe place to try to save what was left of the species. The ferrets were saved and now there are colonies in several states and in zoos. There are numerous species that survives because of the prairie dogs as a food supply. Ground nesting owls use the dogs abandoned underground tunnels as a safe home for their nests. The prairie dogs have also been used as target practice by trigger happy A-Holes.

    • Kathy Williams says:

      Excellent comment Barb! Thanks for the information.

      “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”

      ~Chief Seattle

  8. The lives of the prairie dogs should be prioritized as much as the needs of humans. — PLEASE look to Wildlands Defense & follow their life-affirming advice regarding our prairie dogs, who have every RIGHT to live — let’s choose life instead of cruel & unconscionable slaughter — rethink your decision to kill off these valuable creatures — let’s rescue our prairie dogs.

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