Save the White-Tailed Prairie Dog

Target:  Tyler Abbott, Field Supervisor, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wyoming Ecological Services Field Office

Goal:  Stop the needless destruction of the white-tailed prairie dog.

Despite continuing population decline due to human development and disease, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has again declared there is no threat to the white-tailed prairie dog.  Although environmentalists have been striving to protect these animals from displacement and annihilation for over a decade, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service insists that the species is resilient despite the fact that they only inhabit a small fraction of the territory they once called home.

White-tailed prairie dogs are burrowing rodents that occupy parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Montana in altitudes of 5,000 – 10,000 feet.  They are hibernators that rely on vegetation stores to carry them through the winter season.  Even though they populate less densely than other types of prairie dogs, they are also at the mercy of developers, energy companies, and ranchers who oppose land restrictions.

Prairie dog communities are essential to the ecosystem because their distinctive design provides sustenance and protection to a plethora of other species.  Surely there is enough available land in white-tailed prairie dog country to be shared by man and animal.  The time to put the environment over the economy has long passed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Abbott,

The decimation of the white-tailed prairie dog population must stop to ensure the survival of this keystone species that greatly contributes to the ecosystem, providing habitats and shelter to a vast number of other reliant species.  Because other animals depend on white-tailed prairie dog communities, the removal of their species will have a dramatically negative effect on the ecosystem as a whole.

There are many reasons why the white-tailed prairie dog is in danger.  Urbanization, oil and gas development, livestock grazing, poisoning, the altering of agricultural lands, and many other factors have played key roles in reducing their numbers.  It is very clear that land restrictions should be put in place to protect this valuable and harmless rodent species.

I ask that the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service declare the white-tailed prairie dog to be an endangered or threatened species based on recent data regarding the dramatic decline in population, alarmingly only a fraction of what it once was.  The welfare of this keystone species and all other species that depend on them are at stake.  Procrastination will result in  irreversible detriment; it is time to put environmental health before economic wealth.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit:  John J. Mosesso , NBII

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7 Comments

  1. You know better! Your job is to protect nature with our tax dollars. Your making a life for yourself, but forgetting one thing; prairie dogs live in the wild and need a home where they can live in peace, unharessed by stupid humans. Please do what’s right by protecting the prairie dogs too. Otherwise, what do we need the USFWS for?

  2. THE PRAIRIE DOGS ARE NEEDED FOR THE ECOSYSTEMS OF NATURE NOW.

  3. Ranchers, and other gun owners. Regularly do target practice on these little creatures. Even using telescopic rifles. From thousands of yards (1/4 mile) They compete to see who can kill the most.
    The same with gophers. They wait until the little heads pop out if their burrows. Then shoot the heads off, or wait till several are above ground & time to see how many they can kill.
    Great fun for these jerks.

  4. Bev Woodburn says:

    Tyler Abbott, Field Supervisor, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wyoming Ecological Services Field Office

    Stop the needless destruction of the white-tailed prairie dog.

    Despite continuing population decline due to human development and disease, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has again declared there is no threat to the white-tailed prairie dog. Although environmentalists have been striving to protect these animals from displacement and annihilation for over a decade, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service insists that the species is resilient despite the fact that they only inhabit a small fraction of the territory they once called home.
    These precious sentient beings must be saved.
    Stop destroying their territory that they call home.

  5. Bev Woodburn says:

    Its about time us animal and wildlife lovers start target practice at these vile and evil gun happy Ranchers and Hunters and kill the animal torturing psycho depraved pea size brain monsters and see how many we can kill and blow their vile and evil heads off their evil shoulders.
    They are evil monsters from hell. All I can say would be good riddance to such lowlife POS.
    All animals are precious and should be allowed to survive without the threat and deliberate killings committed by the heartless and callous human species.

  6. US Fish and Wildlife sides with payouts from ranchers. This entity is an animals worse nightmare. They won’t stop until every wild animal is wiped out.

  7. Nature is important – not humanity

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