Craig This is in regards to "Petitions opposing prairie dog ban circulate" published in the Craig Daily Press on April 22.
The white-tailed prairie dog is currently being considered for inclusion on the U.S. Endangered Species List. Further reduction of the species could very well trigger an emergency listing, of which the residents of Moffat County really don't want to see.
"Hunting" prairie dogs, to me, is not a sport, it is an inhumane activity that is not sport. It is the willful destruction of wildlife that serves no useful purpose.
As far as livestock are concerned, prairie dogs have been here longer than sheep and cattle. Ranchers have had to deal with them, besides shooting them. Fencing is an alternative to shooting. If listed, that may be the only option. I urge the Wildlife Commission to ban the shooting of these small, defenseless animals.