Use of controversial 'Rodenator' device to kill prairie dogs in Colorado upsets some residents
BOULDER, Colo. — Landowners have been using an explosive, state-approved device to blow up prairie dog holes -- and some neighbors don't like it.
The Daily Camera reported Thursday that the Colorado Wildlife Commission approved the "Rodenator" in 2006. It explodes burrows by igniting a propane mixture pumped into the holes.
Boulder County sheriff's officials have estimated the explosions exceed the county's sound limit of 55 decibels.
Employees at a ranch where the device is being used say it isn't meant to kill the animals.
It's illegal to use Rodenator in Boulder, but not in the county, where the ranch is located.
-- Associated Press
Video: A resident explains her concerns about the use of the Rodenator. Credit: Daily Camera
Photo: A prairie dog in Los Angeles in 2009. Credit: Stefano Paltera / For The Times