From U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance
-- The Colorado Wildlife Commission has voted to allow the continued hunting of prairie dogs after being presented with a petition asking it to issue a ban.
The ban was backed by the anti group WildEarth Guardians, and was written by two Denver University Sturm College of Law students.
The commission, which governs the Colorado Division of Wildlife, voted 9-0 to deny the petition to ban the hunting of the animals. The commission pointed out that biologically, there is no reason to ban the prairie dog hunt.
Testimony on the issue was heard from both sides, but was dominated by citizens opposing a ban who pointed out that prairie dogs cause damage to land, livestock and property.
In addition to being a useful wildlife management tool, prairie dog hunting is effective in introducing youth to outdoor sports.
Protecting the private property rights of citizens and public safety and health concerns were also discussed by commissioners as reasons not to ban the hunting of prairie dogs.
According to Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman, Randy Hampton, supporters of the ban cannot appeal the decision by the commission.
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