FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A prairie dog found in four Southwestern states won’t be added to the federal list of endangered or threatened species, eliminating the possibility that developers would need permits on federal land when disturbing the animals’ habitat.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday that threats to the Gunnison prairie dog that include agriculture, grazing, invasive species, urbanization, and oil and gas operations won’t cause the animal to become extinct soon or in the foreseeable future. The prairie dogs make their homes in grasslands and intermountain valleys of northern Arizona, southwestern and south-central Colorado, northwestern New Mexico and southeastern Utah.
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