Some residents in Fort Collins are considered a nuisance. In Colorado, it is legal to kill them -- using slingshots and handguns. But the biggest threat to prairie dogs is the state’s rising population.
The rodents are native to North America, and live together in underground burrows. In past years, as developers eyed vacant fields, they could simply plow over the animals’ burrows with bulldozers, burying them alive. Currently the city requires that the animals be exterminated more humanely, with gas, before construction begins.
Now a group of advocates says there’s a way to save the prairie dogs.