Prairie dog hearing set for Thursday

August 14, 2013 • Local News

This Bureau of Land Management photo, taken in July, shows a black-tailed prairie dog at O.G. Potter Memorial in Clovis. (Courtesy Photo)

A population of Clovis prairie dogs burrowing holes across two public parks and the city’s Civic Center are likely unaware of their current predicament.

The city’s recent denial of a request from Texas-based Citizens for Prairie Dogs to relocate them to Chaves County may have left the critters without asylum, said their local advocate.

“It’s kind of a desperate situation for these little guys,” said Susan Hubby, of Clovis, as she spent Tuesday evening hand feeding some with fruits and veggies.

Curry County has banned the transportation or importation of prairie dogs, and Chaves County is considering prohibiting the importation and relocation of them this week.

Chaves County Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 9 a.m. Thursday at the County Chambers on the proposal for prairie dogs, feral hogs and other rodents.

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