PRAIRIE - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/PRAIRIE News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Editorial: Prairie dog process has been a dog http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58398921-82/dogs-prairie-dog-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58398921-82/dogs-prairie-dog-utah.html.csp">Editorial: Prairie dog process has been a dog</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-10T16:49:01.22-06:00">Updated Sep 10, 2014 04:49PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">It’s understandable why many Utahns can’t make sense of the collision of biology and politics that defines efforts to protect the Utah prairie dog. The prairie dog is a threatened species as defined by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), but there are thousands of them. There are so many, in fact, that the federal Fish and Wildlife Service, which enforces the act, allows hundreds of them to be killed at three Utah airports and a golf course in Cedar City. That’s allowed because there is an agreem...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58398921@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:49:01 MDT Iron County to feds: Count every prairie dog http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58393712-90/prairie-species-dog-county.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58393712-90/prairie-species-dog-county.html.csp">Iron County to feds: Count every prairie dog</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brian Maffly</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-10T21:55:16.577-06:00">Updated Sep 10, 2014 09:55PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Parts of Iron County seem to teem with a rare, but pesky rodent that has been under federal protection since 1973. The Utah prairie dog burrows into cemeteries and eats funeral flowers, damages airport runways and perforates fields with holes that wreck agricultural equipment, local officials say. And worse, federal protection measures for the prairie dog and other listed species undermine human communities, while environmental groups enrich themselves suing federal agencies, according to test...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58393712@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:55:16 MDT Utah ranchers ask trust not to sell land for prairie dogs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58378064-78/prairie-sitla-dog-dogs.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58378064-78/prairie-sitla-dog-dogs.html.csp">Utah ranchers ask trust not to sell land for prairie dogs</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brian maffly</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-09T10:36:34.511-06:00">Updated Sep 9, 2014 10:36AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A proposal to expand a prairie dog sanctuary on state trust lands in Wayne County could ensure survival of the rodent and increase Utah’s permanent school fund by $1 million dollars, according to its proponents. But ranchers and Wayne County leaders want the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) board to reject the proposed sale of 800 acres to The Nature Conservancy, claiming it would increase federal influence in a county already saddled with public lands. And settin...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58378064@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 10:36:34 MDT Advocates argue wildlife permits threaten Utah prairie dog http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58334332-78/prairie-dog-habitat-permits.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58334332-78/prairie-dog-habitat-permits.html.csp">Advocates argue wildlife permits threaten Utah prairie dog</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-25T18:22:45.422-06:00">Updated Aug 25, 2014 06:22PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has illegally given permission to Garfield and Iron counties for potential development on wide swaths of Utah prairie dog habitat, which could kill thousands of the threatened, social mammals, Friends of Animals claims in a new lawsuit. The nonprofit, incorporated in New York, is asking a federal judge to overturn the so-called “incidental take permits” the agency issued to the counties in 2013 and 2014. As defined under the Endangered Species Act, “taking” ca...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58334332@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:22:45 MDT