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Wildlife Protection Groups Urge City of Clovis to Overturn Decision to Kill Wildlife Colonies

Date
March 4, 2013
Contact
Taylor Jones (505) 490-5141
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Wildlife

Monday, March 4, 2013
Wildlife Protection Groups Urge City of Clovis to Overturn Decision to Kill Wildlife Colonies

Prairie Dogs in Public Park Threatened by Deadly Poison
Contact: Taylor Jones (505) 490-5141

Additional Contacts:

The Humane Society of the United States: Kaitlin Sanderson,301-721-6463; ksanderson@humanesociety.org

Animal Protection of New Mexico: PhilCarter, 505-967-5297; phil@apnm.org

CLOVIS, N.M. (March 4, 2013) – Wildlife protection organizations, including The HumaneSociety of the United States, Prairie Dog Advocacy Watch Group, Citizens forPrairie Dogs, People for Native Ecosystems, Animal Protection of New Mexico andWildEarth Guardians, denounce theCity Commission of Clovis’ decision to kill prairie dogs instead of using no-cost,non-lethal management options.

With Friday’s vote, the City Commission has set in motionthe mass extermination of hundreds of native prairie dogs with Rozol – a deadlypoison with documented secondary poisoning effects – instead of waiting untilJune when relocation to a protected site could occur.

Joann Haddock, president ofCitizens for Prairie Dogs, and Susan Hubby, a Clovis resident, have offered torelocate the prairie dogs to a confirmed, private release site in New Mexico atno cost. This commonsense solution saves taxpayer dollars and conserves NewMexico’s wildlife for future generations.

Taylor Jones, Endangered SpeciesAdvocate for WildEarth Guardians, said, “This short-sighted plan to poisonprairie dogs will impoverish the park, its wildlife and local residents.”

Ned Houk Memorial Park is aprotected 3,320-acre habitat of grasslands, ponds and trees in Clovis, and ishome to a diverse array of wildlife, including bison, prairie dogs andburrowing owls. Burrowing owls are federally protected under theMigratory Bird Treaty Act and are dependent on prairie dogs for their nestingsites. Nonetheless, the City of Clovis has chosen to poisonthe prairie dogs and purchased a large quantity of Rozol – a toxin that causesextreme suffering, often taking up to three days for prairie dogs to die frominternal bleeding. Other animals are also vulnerable to ingesting Rozol and candie or suffer for weeks.

Denise Saccone, president of PrairieDog Advocacy Watch Group, said, “Killing prairie dogsdoes not solve the perceived conflict the City wants to address – long-term,non-lethal management solutions would.”

This coalition of wildlifeprotection organizations is urging the City of Clovis to reconsider itsdecision and implement a long-term management plan that can address concerns ofpark users, adjacent land owners and the City Commissioners.

Lindsey Sterling-Krank, director of The HSUS’ Prairie DogCoalition, said, “A win-win for taxpayers and for animals is right at hand – itmakes no sense for the City of Clovis to do otherwise.”

Nine different wildlife species depend on prairie dog populationsand their habitat for their survival, including hawks, owls, foxes andferrets.

Other Contact
The Humane Society of the United States: Kaitlin Sanderson, 301-721-6463; ksanderson@humanesociety.org
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