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County relocates prairie dogs to a new home


September 15, 2017

Photo by Vicky Dorvee Monarch Park prairie dog traps in place during a relocation project near Gunbarrel.

For a week, metal cages sat atop each prairie dog mound in the open space bordering Highway 52 and 79th Street.

The hope was to capture and relocate 100 black-tailed prairie dogs. Ultimately, 84 critters were apprehended in the sprung traps and then moved to a more spacious location.

Each trap was baited with sweet feed, consisting of oats, grains and sunflower seeds, a mixture prairie dogs love.

While it compels many of the prairie inhabitants to enter the cages, they are aware enough to realize members of their colony are being taken away in the cages.

After a couple of days, they bec...

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