Cedar City strikes back at Utah prairie dog listing


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  • Moabmom Moab, UT
    April 19, 2013 10:37 a.m.

    Southern Boy is right. All the "endangered species" designation is about is a way to control and eliminate private property rights. They could care less about the animals themselves, but the designation is a very useful tool to stop mineral and energy production and economic development in areas where it is profitable. I don't know anyone in the new 'environmental movement who believes in the free market, but they believe very much in control and regulation of private property. Kudos to Cedar City for seeing through this farce.

  • Western Rover Herriman, UT
    April 19, 2013 10:13 a.m.

    I think it's up to the people who live and work in Cedar City to decide what to do about the prairie dogs, not website commenters nor government bureaucrats who live hundreds of miles away.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    April 18, 2013 6:31 p.m.

    Let's see: We're able to kill coyotes and fox and other predators on site, and we wonder why all of a sudden there are tons of prarie dogs. Bring back the natural order of the life cycle!!

  • Southern Boy Bryce, UT
    April 18, 2013 4:37 p.m.

    Ya, they are real cute when they are digging up your mothers grave and spreading their cute little rodent disease everywhere. No matter what your opinion is of the plague ridden varmints, the government shouldn't have the right to dictate what happens on PRIVATE land. Endangered??? Are we talking about the prairie dog or the good people of Southern Utah?

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2013 2:38 p.m.

    And the deer eat my tulips and the squirels harrass my dog. Seriously Cedar City, they may not be endangered in your city but that's one of the few places they can be found. Try promoting them. You may be able to make a buck or two off the tourism opportunity.

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2013 1:54 p.m.

    I empathize with the Cedar City residents. But at the same time, it's difficult to side with them completely. Prairie dogs are very cute little animals. I hate to see their habitat harmed in any way. They may be pests, but they are the cutest pests.