Group sues to protect prairie dogs

Group sues to protect prairie dogs

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An environmental group is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after the federal government made a decision not to protect prairie dogs found in southwestern states including New Mexico.

The Fish and Wildlife service says threats to prairie dogs won’t cause the animal to become extinct soon.

Threats include agriculture, grazing, urbanization and invasive species.

But Wild Earth Guardians says the agency is ignoring dramatic declines in the animal population.

The group sued the agency in Arizona this month.

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