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Prairie dog review shows where they expand, lose and retake territory


February 17, 2021

Mary Wolback Lopert

Prairie dogs are a keystone species that are important to native wildlife for food and shelter, but they are also destructive to crops. Boulder County either encourages or eliminates prairie dogs, depending on the type of open space.

This year, there are more prairie dogs where Boulder County wants them and fewer acres where they don't. The recent annual management review of the county's open space properties took stock of last year's efforts that see-saw between killing and nurturing, depending on where the animals live.

There are fewer acres with prairie dogs on agricultural open space, which are generally classified as...

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