Clovis approves prairie dog poisoning plan

Posted at: 03/02/2013 2:08 PM
Updated at: 03/02/2013 10:12 PM
By: The Associated Press

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - City commissioners have approved a plan to poison prairie dogs in a Clovis park.

The Portales News-Tribune reports that Clovis city commissioners on Friday approved an emergency budget transfer to purchase 250 containers of Rozol rodenticide to reduce the population of prairie dogs at Ned Houk Park.

The move came after several landowners near the park pressured commissioners about the burrowing rodents.

Resident Glenn Eagle says the prairie dogs have eaten his oat crop in the past and he's worried they eat the oats again this spring.

He says the rodents are destroying the park by eating the grass and making erosion problems worse.

But Clovis resident Susan Hubby says she was concerned about the long-term effects of Rozol on the park's ecosystem.

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