Help Us Move the Lemay Prairie Dogs Before the Bulldozers Come!

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From Fort Collins Prairie Dog Relocation Group The Fort Collins Prairie Dog Relocation Group Seeks Non-lethal Solutions for Our Urban Prairie Dogs

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Why We’re Raising Money

The Fort Collins Prairie Dog Relocation Group took shape last year, as we sought a relocation site for prairie dog colonies along Lemay Ave., between Vine and Lincoln.

Many of us have enjoyed watching these colonies for years. When we saw that development was coming to the area, we simply couldn’t bear the thought of seeing yet another lively prairie dog community cruelly exterminated in order to make way for development.

In January 2016, we succeeded in our appeal to the Fort Collins City Council and space within the Cathy Fromme Prairie natural area was designated as a receiving site for these colonies.

The hardest part about moving prairie dogs is finding a receiving site. The fact that the city has allocated space for these colonies makes it possible for us to do what in many cases hasn’t been possible in the past.

We’ve partnered with the Humane Society’s Prairie Dog Coalition out of Boulder to do the relocation, and we’ve received the required permits from the city and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. We plan to start trapping and moving animals in late May.

We’re raising funds to help cover the cost to move hundreds of prairie dogs out of harm’s way and relocate them to a much more suitable, short-grass prairie habitat. New Belgium Brewing, which has the largest colony on the northwest corner of Lemay and Buckingham, will cover the cost to relocate their prairie dogs, but we need more support to move animals on other properties.

What We Need

Funds we raise during this campaign will be used to:

  • Pay for relocation services, which include:
    • Mapping existing colonies so families can be moved intact
    • Dusting for fleas that can carry sylvatic plague
    • Baiting and monitoring live traps over a period of weeks
    • Building artificial burrows with nesting boxes at the receiving site
    • Transporting, releasing and monitoring the animals at the new site
  • Produce a video documenting the relocation to be used for education and advocacy
  • Support our broader mission to relocate the remaining prairie dog colonies within the Fort Collins growth management area

Your donation is tax-deductible. Funds will be held by the Humane Society’s Prairie Dog Coalition and be used specifically to support the Lemay relocation, future relocations and advocacy for non-lethal prairie dog management in Fort Collins.

$5,000 Matching Grant!

We are very fortunate to have received a matching grant for $5,000 from a local donor with big love for prairie dogs. This donor will match donations dollar for dollar up to $5,000. Please help us make the most of this generous offer and donate today!


Big Picture

In the year that we’ve worked on this project, we’ve seen a surge in local media and public interest. The city has listened and provided a receiving site for the Lemay prairie dogs, but there are many more local colonies at risk of extermination.

With this high-profile relocation project we have the opportunity to not only prevent the unnecessary destruction of these complex animal communities but also help educate the public and shape our city’s wildlife management policy going forward.

The black-tailed prairie dog is a keystone prairie species emblematic of the American West. At least 150 species directly benefit from prairie dog habitat, including raptors, the burrowing owl and the severely endangered black-footed ferret.

But in the last century prairie dog numbers have seen a precipitous decline. Poisoning, shooting, disease and development have decimated prairie dog populations throughout the region, reducing their territory to little more than 1 percent of their former range.

Today, attitudes are changing. This relocation project and many others like it have shown that people are now less willing to turn a blind eye to the unnecessary extermination of prairie dog colonies to make way for development. Please make a donation and help support non-lethal management of our prairie dogs! Thank you!

Learn what the Prairie Dog Coalition is doing here.


Matching Donations

When you donate to this campaign, your donation will be matched by each of these Matching Contributors:


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Campaign Rewards

$10
New Belgium Brewing Gift Card

Indulge at New Belgium’s Liquid Center Tasting Room and thank them for opting to make the humane choice and move their happy prairie dogs.

5/40 claimed
Estimated Delivery: 2 Weeks after campaign end
$20
Fort Collins Prairie Dog Relocation Group Official T-Shirt

Original art by the incredibly talented local artist Allie Ogg makes our first official t-shirt a summer ’16 must have. Available in adult and children’s sizes.

38/100 claimed
Estimated Delivery: 2 Weeks after campaign end
$20
New Belgium Brewing Gift Card

We’re even bigger fans of New Belgium since they joined us in the Lemay prairie dog relocation effort. Enjoy great beer from an exemplary company.

16/160 claimed
Estimated Delivery: 2 Weeks after campaign end
$40
Prairie Dog Yard Ornament

Put a prairie dog in your garden, with a charming prairie dog yard ornament. Not too big or too small, made of colorful, durable metal, it’s the perfect touch for spring.

13/unlimited claimed
Estimated Delivery: 1 Month after campaign end
$55
Prairie Dog Art

Own a charming prairie dog watercolor print by local artist, author and prairie dog lover Natasha Lazutin Wing.

1/1 claimed
Estimated Delivery: 2 Weeks after campaign end
$75
Prairie Dog Family Sponsorship Package

Sponsor the relocation of a family of prairie dogs and receive a certificate suitable for framing, 2 t-shirts, and 2 $15 gift cards to New Belgium Brewing.

6/unlimited claimed
Estimated Delivery: 2 Weeks after campaign end
$95
Prairie Dog Family Sponsorship Package

Sponsor the relocation of a family of prairie dogs and receive a certificate suitable for framing, 2 t-shirts, an adorable plush prairie dog, and a $20 gift card to New Belgium Brewing.

5/75 claimed
Estimated Delivery: 2 Weeks after campaign end


Campaign Owner

Fort Collins Prairie Dog Relocation Group
Fort Collins, CO

The Fort Collins Prairie Dog Relocation Group organized in 2015 to seek nonlethal solutions for the city's urban prairie dog populations.

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