Groups file lawsuit over white-tailed prairie dog

2013-02-07T20:27:00Z 2013-02-08T15:23:05Z Groups file lawsuit over white-tailed prairie dogThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 07, 2013 8:27 pm  • 

HELENA — Four conservation groups based in Wyoming, Colorado and Montana have filed a lawsuit seeking to compel federal officials to address the white-tailed prairie dog population.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has said the species doesn't warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act, but the groups disagree.

The groups filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Montana alleging the agency didn't adequately everything it should have as required by federal law before making its determination.

The white-tailed prairie dog is found in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Montana. Federal wildlife officials said in 2010 that the species' population hadn't substantially changed and that the white-tailed prairie dog didn't face significant threats from urbanization or energy development.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More from the Gazette

FWP group develops hunter-ethics campaign

January 24, 2015 11:45 amLoading…
Utah woman shreds the slopes 102 months in a row — and counting

Utah woman shreds the slopes 102 months in a row — and counting

January 24, 2015 6:00 amLoading…
Monster rainbow trout misses chance for Idaho record book

Monster rainbow trout misses chance for Idaho record book

January 23, 2015 4:45 pmLoading…
These hunting trophies live to walk away

These hunting trophies live to walk away

January 23, 2015 5:00 am Photos

Photos

Loading…
Helenan Jim Stein ties streamers for winter trout

Helenan Jim Stein ties streamers for winter trout

January 22, 2015 1:38 pmLoading…
Wyoming outdoors: Dog warms up to role as retriever

Wyoming outdoors: Dog warms up to role as retriever

January 22, 2015 12:00 amLoading…
Genetic data sheds new light on brucellosis in Montana

Genetic data sheds new light on brucellosis in Montana

January 22, 2015 12:00 am Photos

Photos

Loading…
Gear junkie: Cycling musician takes road tour to lightweight level

Gear junkie: Cycling musician takes road tour to lightweight level

January 22, 2015 12:00 am Photos

Photos

Loading…
Antarctic drilling reveals unique ecosystem

Antarctic drilling reveals unique ecosystem

January 21, 2015 3:30 pm Photos

Photos

Loading…
Oil spill effects on fish, wildlife still uncertain

Oil spill effects on fish, wildlife still uncertain

January 21, 2015 2:32 pm Photos

Photos

Loading…

Follow The Billings Gazette

Popular Stories

All the news from the outdoors scene, delivered to your email inbox daily.

Get weekly ads via e-mail

Deals & Offers

Featured Businesses