I empathize with the Cedar City residents. But at the same time, it's
difficult to side with them completely. Prairie dogs are very cute little
animals. I hate to see their habitat harmed in any way. They may be pests, but
they are the cutest pests.
And the deer eat my tulips and the squirels harrass my dog. Seriously Cedar
City, they may not be endangered in your city but that's one of the few
places they can be found. Try promoting them. You may be able to make a buck
or two off the tourism opportunity.
Ya, they are real cute when they are digging up your mothers grave and spreading
their cute little rodent disease everywhere. No matter what your opinion is of
the plague ridden varmints, the government shouldn't have the right to
dictate what happens on PRIVATE land. Endangered??? Are we talking about the
prairie dog or the good people of Southern Utah?
Let's see: We're able to kill coyotes and fox and other predators on
site, and we wonder why all of a sudden there are tons of prarie dogs. Bring
back the natural order of the life cycle!!
I think it's up to the people who live and work in Cedar City to decide
what to do about the prairie dogs, not website commenters nor government
bureaucrats who live hundreds of miles away.
Southern Boy is right. All the "endangered species" designation is
about is a way to control and eliminate private property rights. They could care
less about the animals themselves, but the designation is a very useful tool to
stop mineral and energy production and economic development in areas where it
is profitable. I don't know anyone in the new 'environmental movement
who believes in the free market, but they believe very much in control and
regulation of private property. Kudos to Cedar City for seeing through this