Forest Service May Allow Prairie Dog Poisoning

Cheyenne, WY – The U.S. Forest Service is considering a
proposal to allow the use of poison to help control prairie dogs on the Thunder Basin National Grassland in northeast Wyoming. The local landowner association that proposed the plan says the poisoning will lead to a more controlled and healthier ecosystem in the 572-thousand-acre grassland. But environmentalists berate the use of poison to control
wildlife -- saying it would affect other wildlife, including future plans to reintroduce black-footed ferrets. The Forest Service expects to have a draft environmental impact statement complete within about two weeks and a final decision by the end of the year. Currently, poison can only be used to control prairie dogs if there is a human safety issue or if the animals threaten to damage cemeteries or structures.