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June 11, 2007
Groups want the black-tailed prairie dog listed under the ESA
Attachments:
Declaration Final.pdf

Forest Guardians, et al., v. Kempthorne. This case was filed in federal court in Colorado, 1:07-cv-00268-EWN-PAC. The Forest Guardians organization and others claim that the governments decision not to list the Black-tailed Prairie Dog as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was arbitrary, capricious, and contrary to the law in violation of the ESA and the Administrative Procedures Act. Forest Guardians wants the government to make a new and lawful determination as to whether the black-tailed prairie dog warrants listing as threatened under the ESA.

The Foundation provided a Declaration in Support of American Farm Bureau Federation’s Motion to Intervene in Forest Guardians, et al., v. Kempthorne. The Motion to Intervene has been granted. The Forest Guardians and others are suing the federal government to force them to reconsider listing the black-tailed prairie dog as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Oklahoma Farm Bureau has been supportive of states developing conservation management plans for black-tailed prairie dogs, as was done in Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. In OFB’s view, a threatened listing is not warranted. In Oklahoma, black-tailed prairie dog habitat is considered to be the western half of the state, although prairie dogs have been found in eastern Oklahoma.




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