Stop the killing of 16,000 prairie dogs

Tell U.S. Forest Service: DO NOT Poison 16,000 Prairie Dogs
Action Alert from


National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
May 2014


The U.S. Forest Service is considering a plan to poison as many as 16,000 prairie dogs in Wyoming’s Thunder Basin National Grassland. Prairie dogs are a keystone species and vital to the survival of many other animals. Tell the Forest Service to reject this heartless plan.

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Image by Jim Robertson /
Animals in the Wild

Sign an online petition here

And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

Thomas Whitford
District Ranger, Douglas Ranger district
Thunder Basin National Grassland
c/o US Forest Service
Rocky Mountain Region
740 Simms Street
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 275-5350 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (303) 275-5350 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting


In Wyoming, prairie dogs are slowly recovering from decades of hunting and disease, and Thunder Basin National Grassland contains some of their last protected habitat. But the U.S. Forest Service is considering a plan to poison any prairie dog colonies on the Grassland within a quarter-mile of private or state land. They could kill an estimated 16,000 prairie dogs, which are essential to the survival of many other species. Urge the Forest Service to reject this heartless and misguided plan.


I am outraged at the plan your agency is considering — to kill an estimated 16,000 prairie dogs in Thunder Basin National Grassland. This would be inhumane to the animals and environmentally disastrous for the Thunder Basin ecosystem.

In 2009, in an exemplary decision, you set aside 85,000 acres of grasslands to provide a safe haven for prairie dogs from being shot, poisoned or gassed. Today, the Thunder Basin National Grassland is part of the remaining two percent of America’s untouched prairie grasslands, and contains the best prairie dog habitat in the country. Prairie dogs are essential to the health of our grasslands but are victimized by misinformation and widely extirpated from their former range.

Furthermore, I understand the plan may call for anticoagulant poisons such as Rozol. Rozol, a barbaric poison, can take one to three weeks to kill prairie dogs. After being poisoned, they will bleed internally and externally, wandering more and more disoriented and vulnerable to predators. Animals that feed off of this keystone species — including golden eagles, ferruginous hawks, swift foxes, turkey vultures, badgers, raccoons and coyotes — will also fall victim to the poison and may die.

As a federal agency charged with protecting our nation’s unspoiled flora and fauna, the Forest Service must turn down this plan to poison prairie dogs in the Thunder Basin National Grassland. Please find alternative methods for managing this species and the wildlife which depend on them.


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Thank you for everything you do for animals!

6 thoughts on “Stop the killing of 16,000 prairie dogs

  1. This is outrageous, but no surprise. It does not mention why these prairie dogs are targeted for extermination, not that there would be ANY excuse to do so. But, I’ll bet that somewhere in this plan is a rancher or two. They love to poison. Please also call the Forest Servce at the number after the article.

  2. Wow! talk about a run-around! I tried the 307-747-2300, got no where, plus another # or two. I called 307-358-4690 and asked for “Tom.” Got a somebody at a desk who has no clue, and but did say “I don’t know anything, and cannot give any info until I get a prepared statement, but they are in meetings about this.” Interesting, eh? So, left a message with “Tom.” My feeling is they really do know, but are trying to figure out how to address the media. I said in my message that I would like to know what the reasoning is behind this plan to slaughter some 16,000 prairie dogs, and I actually asked if this has something to do with livestock grazers up there. Clearly something is afoot, and they are all being pretty cagey about what they say.
    So, call “Tom” at 307-358-4690 , leave messages, and ask some questions, and make them uneasy.

  3. These people need to justify their own continued employment I suppose. The same with their junk science studies. We taxpayers feel otherwise and don’t want to continue to subsidize the killing or the killers. And WHY do we still use poison, for God’s sake?

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