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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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