Long­mont pro­poses ex­ter­mi­nat­ing prairie dog colony on for­mer city land­fill

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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

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