White Tailed Prairie Dog Under Review

Laramie, Wy – The U-S Fish and Wildlife service is proceeding with plans to reconsider the White Tailed Prairie Dog as an endangered species. The reconsideration came about following a lawsuit from several organizations including Laramie's Biodiversity Conservation Alliance. Duane Short oversees Wild Species for the organization and he says the White Tailed Prairie Dog is under threat in western Wyoming. Short says he is looking for a way to protect the species and allowing a smarter approach to oil and gas development that will cause less harm. The fish and wildlife service is taking public comment on the status of the White Tailed Prairie Dog until July. They need to make a decision on whether to list it as an endangered species by June of 2010.