On the flip side, she did note that the change to how many Utah prairie dogs can be taken appears to be a step forward because it clarifies and strengthens limits.
The Utah prairie dog was historically found in Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, Washington and Wayne counties. Its population began to decline when control programs were initiated in the 1920s, and by the 1960s, the species’ distribution was greatly reduced as a result of poisoning, disease, drought and habitat degradation.
Today they are limited to the central and southwestern quarter of Utah in portions of seven counties — Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, Piute, Sevier and Wayne.
A copy of the proposed rule, the draft Environmental Assessment, and other information about the Utah prairie dog is available on the Internet or by contacting Utah Field Office at 2369 West Orton Circle, West Valley City, UT 84119 (telephone 801-975-3330; fax 801-975‑3331.
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