City of Lubbock Going Ahead with Plan to Poison Prairie Dogs - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/20/02

City of Lubbock Going Ahead with Plan to Poison Prairie Dogs

The City of Lubbock has decided to rid the land application site of 100% of its Prairie Dogs. The city delivered its compliance plan to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission on Tuesday.

As NewsChannel 11 first told you two weeks ago, here is how the city plans to deal with the Prairie Dogs. From now until December they will allow licensed conservation groups to trap and relocate as many prairie dogs as possible. Then, in December, after most of the endangered burrowing owls migrate south, the city will trap the remaining owls and relocate them. If any Prairie Dogs remain in the center pivot areas of the farm at that time, they will be poisoned. Their burrows will then be buried and sealed. The project is expected to be complete by February.

This is all a result of the Prairie Dogs eating the grasses on the city farm, allowing nitrates from the treated sewage water to seep into the ground, contaminating the aquifer.

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