Target: Rick Owens, Chair of Metro District Board of Directors
Goal: Stop the unnecessary annihilation of prairie dogs in Murphy Creek, Colorado.
A colony of prairie dogs are scheduled to be exterminated in Murphy Creek, Colorado. The Metro District Board of Directors chose to grant the proposals to eliminate the colony instead of pursuing the option of relocation. The board of directors vetoed the relocation of the animals because it would delay action until the summer of 2016.
Murphy Creek citizens are voicing their frustrations against the increasing population of prairie dogs. While prairie dogs have a reputation of damaging crops and injuring farm animals, they are actually essential in maintaining our ecosystem. They provide food for predators, help create biological diversity and fertilize soil through their digging process. Animals also favor grazing in land that has been inhabited by prairie dogs.
While the invasion may be inconvenient for Murphy Creek residents, there are options available that would not harm the species. WildLands Defense has offered to organize relocation for the prairie dogs, which would take place next summer. Relocation may extend the time span for handling the situation, but it’s a small price to pay for preserving a dwindling species.
Preservation of prairie dogs should be prioritized as much as the needs of humans in the area. Demand that the Metro District Board of Directors rethink their decision to extinguish these valuable creatures and relocate them instead.
Dear Rick Owens,
It’s urgent that you reconsider the decision to exterminate the prairie dogs in Murphy Creek, Colorado. This species is dying out and as a community leader, your focus should be on preserving the natural environment. Please allow the necessary time needed to relocate rather than exterminate this fragile population. Prairie dogs are important to our ecosystem and provide food for other predators that are dependent on them for sustenance. They also help fertilize farmland and create biological diversity.
Animals have inhabited these lands long before people have. We cannot assume that the environment is ours to control and that we have the right to kill off helpless creatures because they are an inconvenience for humans. It’s understandable that the needs of Murphy Creek citizens must also be met, but there is a simple and available means of compromising so that both groups are taken care of. Relocation of the species will prevent them any harm and also keep the humans in the area happy. I urge you to pursue this course of action and save the prairie dogs in Murphy Creek.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: April M. King