Endangered Species
Mountain-Prairie Region
Utah Prairie Dog Archives

On September 17, 2010, we announced the availability of a draft revised recovery plan for the Utah prairie dog. The Service solicits review and comment from the public on this draft revised plan. The recovery strategy for the Utah prairie dog focuses on the need to address colony loss and disease through a program that encompasses threats abatement, population management, research, and monitoring. The plan emphasizes: conserving extant colonies, many of which occur on non-Federal lands; establishing additional colonies on Federal and non-Federal lands via habitat improvement or translocations; controlling the transmission of plague; and monitoring habitat conditions.

On June 1, 2011, we announced a proposal to amend the protective regulations necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of the Utah prairie dog. The existing special rule which we propose to amend was established in 1991. We are proposing to revise the existing limits on take, and we also propose a new incidental take exemption for otherwise legal activities associated with standard agricultural practices. All other provisions of the special rule not relating to these amendments would remain unchanged.

On June 20, 2011, the Service completed a revised petition finding for the Utah prairie dog and determined that there was not substantial information to show that reclassifying the species from threatened to endangered under the Endangered Species Act may be warranted. 

Last updated: April 25, 2012