Board OKs prohibition of prairie dogs

August 16, 2013 • Local News

Chaves County Commissioners fired a warning shot Thursday across the bow of the Bureau of Land Management’s prairie dog dreamboat, further blocking safe passage for hundreds of soon-to-be homeless critters.

But the move may not have totally eradicated BLM’s plan to move a population of Clovis prairie dogs to land in Chaves County.

Commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance banning the importation, relocation and harboring of prairie dogs within the county.

“These things are a nuisance and there’s just no reason in my mind to even fight the fight,” said Commissioner Smiley Whooton.

The board heard from several citizens who spoke about the destruction prairie dogs cause to agriculture and some who urged members this week to do something to stop BLM from moving an unwanted population of the species from Clovis.

“I’ve heard from a lot of people on the street,” said Commissioner Greg Nibert. “And everybody said, Login to read more

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