FWS finds listing of Gunnison’s prairie dog is warranted, but precluded, for a significant portion of the species range
73 Fed. Reg. 6660-6684 (Feb. 5, 2008)(Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Gunnison’s Prairie Dog as Threatened or Endangered)
SUMMARY: "We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce our 12-month finding on a petition to list the Gunnison’s prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni) as an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). After a thorough review of all available scientific and commercial information, we find that the species is not threatened or endangered throughout all of its range, but that the portion of the current range of the species located in central and south-central Colorado and northcentral New Mexico (the northeastern portion of the range) represents a significant portion of the range where the Gunnison’s prairie dog is warranted for listing under the Act. Currently, listing is precluded by higher priority actions to amend the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants. We have assigned a listing priority number (LPN) of 2 to this species, because threats have a high magnitude, and are imminent. We will develop a proposed rule to list the Gunnison’s prairie dog in the northeastern (montane) portion of its range as our priorities allow."
Photo from information page on the Gunnison’s prairie dog from FWS Mountain-Prairie Region
- DesertUSA webpage on the Gunnison’s prairie dog
- Union of Concerned Scientist’s article on “Systematic Interference with Science at Interior” addressing effects on Gunnison’s prairie dog
- Local perspectives: Listing of Gunnison's prairie dogs, at higher elevation, leaves Four Corners unaffected... from the Cortez Journal Online