written by: Chelsea Barrett City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) staff, trustees, and Prairie Dog Working group are in the process of drafting a plan to address prairie dogs on approximately 280 acres of land that they have designated as irrigable. According to the draft plan, irrigable refers to areas “that are associated with water rights and water that is typically available at a time, in a place and in amounts such that those OSMP lands are, or are able to be, irrigated for agricultural…

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You may have noticed your roadway travels have been a bit more gruesome the past few weeks. By this I mean the poor, bloated, splatted, squished prairie dogs that have littered the pavement. This time of year, the young male prairie dogs get kicked out of the colony to find a new home. It’s a good thing, evolutionarily, because it promotes variety in the colony’s genetics. The males can mate with ladies of new families and mix up the gene pool. This phenomena however, means hundreds of prairie…

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Have you ever heard the saying, “it takes a village” ? Last week, we saw this saying in action when a whole slew of partners came together in an effort to release a single injured Black – tailed Prairie Dog: a keystone species in Colorado. A young woman found the prairie dog in her apartment complex (thanks to her curious canine) far from the burrows in a nearby field. The animal was barely moving, tilting her head and waddling slowly. As a previous rat owner, the woman knew…