White-tailed prairie dog denied Endangered Species Act protections
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced Thursday that the white-tailed prairie dog does not merit protection under the Endangered Species Act.
The agency reached the same conclusion in December for the species' better-known cousin, the black-tailed prairie dog that dwells on the prairie and is a nuisance to most farmers and ranchers. The white-tailed prairie dog is found at altitudes above 5,000 feet in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Montana.
Federal wildlife authorities say the white-tailed prairie dog population "has not substantially changed" and that the critter doesn't face a significant threat from urbanization or energy development.
-- Associated Press
Photo: A white-tailed prairie dog. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service