Stop Prairie Dog Killing Contests

Target: Noreen Walsh, Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mountain-Prairie Region

Goal: Stop the cruel and needless killing of prairie dogs for sport.

The murder of living creatures for entertainment is savage, wasteful, and harmful to the environment. Throughout the mountain and prairie lands of our nation, contests are being held to see who can shoot the most prairie dogs, with prizes awarded to the biggest killers. Despite continuing population decline due to human intervention, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared there is no threat to prairie dogs, and these barbaric tournaments continue.

These competitions are grossly unfair, and a wanton display of cruelty and disrespect to animals already confronted with multiple threats to their existence. They populate densely and are continuously at the mercy of developers, energy companies, and ranchers who oppose land restrictions. To put them at further risk by permitting people to voraciously shoot them for amusement is inhumane and unethical.

The citizens of our country have more than enough meat sources for nutritional purposes. These contests are needless and feed nothing other than someone’s disturbing ego. Tournaments tout the thrill of long-range rifle shooting, and hundreds of prairie dogs are taken down at each event. The murder of animals for prizes is revolting, and this type of activity should not be permitted in a civilized society.

Prairie dog carnage contests are outright examples of hideous mass shootings. Social animals who live in communities, prairie dogs are completely unaware and unprepared when their towns are ambushed by bloodthirsty humans armed with dangerous rifles who are bent on killing. Stop repugnant shooting contests that destroy prairie dogs and their communities by signing the petition to ban these competitions.


Dear Director Walsh,

Gun violence and mass shootings in the U.S. have reached epidemic proportions, and many citizens find it unbelievable that anyone could be so coldhearted toward another living being. Prairie dog shooting contests in the Mountain-Prairie Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are also mass executions, implemented by armed people who intend to inflict the most harm possible. This so-called sport is blatantly disrespectful of both living creatures and the environment.

There is neither nutritional nor societal benefit from the assassination of prairie dogs for sport. These animals are a keystone species, and they are essential to the ecosystem, providing sustenance and protection for many other species. Currently, these innocuous creatures face the threat of urbanization, oil and gas development, livestock grazing, poisoning, the altering of agricultural lands, and many other issues. Allowing them to be murdered for entertainment puts them at even greater risk of depopulation.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared the protection of prairie dogs unwarranted. Adding insult to injury, our government condones the barbaric and wasteful murder of these creatures for the purpose of accolades. I urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop the senseless killing of thousands of affable prairie dogs by banning these harmful and indecent trophy-hunting contests.


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  1. Stephanie Geyser says:

    “Sport” is supposed to be competition between equals. That’s why the Russians keep getting barred from competing in the Olympics or the Winter Olympics – because they use drugs to enhance their abilities, so they can beat all the other competitors. I’ve never seen a prairie dog with a gun, shooting back at a “sporting” hunter, on equal footing. So how can shooting an unarmed prairie dog be called “sport”?

  2. Jacqui Skill says:

    Only a depraved and barbaric society would do this..those involved with this savage event are backwards barbarians. Prairie Dogs are incredible animals with a highly developed social net..of course ignorant uneducated barbarians who kill life for “sport” would not have a clue ..IT’S TIME TO STOP LETTING IGNORANCE AND BARBARISM DO ANYTHING SAVAGE THING THEY WANT AND CALL IT “SPORT”!!!!

  3. Jacqui Skill says:


  4. Killing *any* animal as a form of amusement or recreation is reprehensible.


  6. I get so sick of hearing things like this. Cowardly, stinking hunters who think it’s sporting to murder helpless animals. If you want sport, then hunt each other and leave the animals alone!

  7. Agree all comments what’s wrong with this world round all animal abuser see how many animal lovers can kill.

  8. Hmmmm. Reminds me of something. Oh, now I remember! The American Bison and the Passenger Pigeon. Just goes to show that humans never learn their lessons.

  9. Caroline Dinnage says:

    America what is wrong with you people, you are weird in your heads!! Do you not have hearts or souls…

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