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