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Prairie Dog update

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by bentbarrel, Apr 29, 2008.

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  1. bentbarrel

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    Hunting Ban Being Discussed in Colorado


    Friday, April 18, 2008


    Please Make Plans to Attend


    The Colorado Wildlife Commission will meet to discuss a complete ban on prairie dog hunting in the state of Colorado on May 1-2. While radical anti-hunting/animal rights groups are targeting prairie dog hunting as cruel, it is a traditional sporting activity and necessary management tool, especially for ranching interests in the state. Ban proponents like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have boasted that they seek to ban all hunting in the United States “species by species” and this proposal is one more incremental step in their plan to end our hunting heritage.


    Prairie dog hunting generates significant revenues used for general wildlife management as a result of hunting license sales and Pittman-Robertson excise taxes on ammunition, firearms and other equipment purchased by sportsmen. This ban will put an end to this essential stream of revenue and detrimentally affect the management of deer, elk and other species. In addition, Colorado attracts hunters from around the country who generate significant economic activity that benefits the rural communities that need it most.


    The Colorado Wildlife Commission will be meeting at the Holiday Inn on 755 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81506 on May 1 and May 2 starting each morning at 8:30am.


    Please attend these meetings and voice your support of all hunting in Colorado. It is critical that sportsmen show that the radical anti-hunting lobby is in the minority by significantly out-numbering them at the meeting. If you are unable to attend, please call the Colorado Wildlife Commission at (303) 297-1192 and inform them that you are strongly opposed to any attempt to ban prairie dog hunting in Colorado
     
  2. superxjeff

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    : insight, Do you really believe that a critter that weighs a pound eats two tons of grass in a year? That's over 10 pounds of grass a day? That seems like a high number. Jeff
     
  3. swamp rat

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    Jeff maybe they sh-- alot. LOL
     
  4. Big Al 29

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    FROM YOUR BUDDIES:

    Why Save the Black-Tailed Prairie Dog?

    In 1995, Rocky Mountain Animal Defense (RMAD) boldly began protecting prairie dogs and their homes. Our first action stopped a killing contest north of Denver. People kill prairie dogs in urban/suburban areas, on ranches and farmlands, and on public lands.

    RMAD aims to stop this killing. RMAD believes that all animals – including prairie dogs – have a right to live and to be free from human-imposed suffering. Prairie dogs have families, raise pups, and interact socially.

    What's more, when prairie dogs suffer, many other animals suffer, too, because (1) prairie dog burrows — even in urban environments — are homes for rabbits, salamanders, snakes, and burrowing owls, to name just a few and (2) prairie dogs serve a vital prey function.

    RMAD’s Prairie Wildlife Program mission statement: RMAD protects prairie wildlife primarily by stopping the killing and injury of prairie dogs and the destruction of their homes. The program focuses on the black-tailed prairie dog in Colorado and strives to serve as a model for prairie dog advocacy efforts elsewhere. Largely through the efforts of its volunteers, RMAD educates the public about prairie wildlife issues, mobilizes people to prevent killings, facilitates relocations, and advocates for humane laws and policies.


    "If the prairie dog goes, so goes an entire ecosystem. Prairie dogs create diversity. Destroy them and you destroy a varied world." ~Terry Tempest Williams

    Rocky Mountain Animal Defense (RMAD)
    2525 Arapahoe, #E4-335
    Boulder, CO 80302
    (303) 449-4422
    (720) 565-9096 (fax)
    info@rmad.org
     
  5. 5spd

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    They dont want you to shoot them in CO, but they sure will pave over the towns for new developments!

    Yes there are many towns(thousands)up here with over 100 rats per acre, mostly on cattle/sheep ranches.
    Those rats have torn up baseball fields down there and due to the "PDlovers" the cities cant get rid of them due to the outcry over them...so where the kids will play ball is gone.
    They are protected from Denver north as it is right now if I am right. The city p-rats are fat as Garfield!! I would like for those lovers to take them in as family pets then see what they say.
    Our Voice is NEEDED!
     
  6. shot410ga

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    How can anyone shoot those cut little "Dogs?" If you want to kill something, try joining Special Forces. I'm sure they can send you someplace to use your shooting skills.
     
  7. superxjeff

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    Insight????
    The little critters consume between 3000 and 4000 pounds of grass for every one of those little rascals in a season.
    3650 pounds( Between 3000 and 4000 pounds) is 10 pounds per day. Seems like 4th grade math to me. I did use your numbers. I will let others review the math and logic. Jeff
     
  8. halfmile

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    shot410: do you want yours with or without the bubonic plague?

    We are doing them a favor by shooting, thus preventing a horrible death by poison.

    Unfortunately there are not enough shooters, because they keep poisoning them en masse.

    Next: Pet Rats.

    HM
     
  9. shot410ga

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    Pulled some chain's.................
     
  10. 5spd

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    I forgot to add that you always know when there are p-dogs around or when you are at the edge of a town, you will be walking in knee high grass then it drops to nub low grass......that the egde of town........no tall grass until you get to the next edge of town......pdog rats eat everything to the ground.
     
  11. halfmile

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    If you have alkaline subsoil you are really screwed by the rats.

    they make 10-15 foot mounds where nothing will grow for years, even after they are gone.

    Grass is hard enough to grow there. Other places will grow over in a year.

    But as long as mass poisoning is approved how can shooting be cursed?

    HM
     
  12. shot410ga

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    Poor little "critters." Don't they deserve a little place to raise a family? Must we destroy everything?
     
  13. Tim L

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    Super X Jeff,

    I think what you have to consider is that a prairie dog doesn't have to eat 10 pounds a day to reduce the field's yield by 3650 pounds annually...if they're there early in the season when the grass is young and tender they can easily keep the grass from growing much at all (thus reducing the crop that would be harvested by a large amount).

    BTW, you should see what a group of turkeys can do to a newly sprouted wheat field in one day!

    Tim
     
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