Longmont proposes exterminating prairie dog colony on former city landfill
Longmont’s city staff has proposed exterminating a small colony of prairie dogs that have made a home on part of a former city landfill.
The city staff spotted the prairie dogs on the onetime landfill immediately south of the Longmont Police Department Firing Range and Training Facility on the east side of town.
State regulations require protection of the cap covering the now-closed landfill in order to preserve the integrity of the landfill underneath that cap, city officials said Monday.
“Burrowing animals can cause water intrusion inside the covered landfill, creating the potential for water intrusion and an eventual landfill failure,” the staff said in a “wildlife management request” submitted on July 7.
Dan Wolford, Longmont’s land program administrator, said the prairie dogs likely migrated onto the city property from a neighboring private property immediately to the west of the former landfill. — Daily Times-Call