Denver Public Schools this week is posting public notice on the Hampden Heights site that black-tailed prairie dogs located on the site will be trapped, removed and donated to the Birds of Prey Foundation for the rehabilitation of raptors. This process is comparable to Denver’s prairie dog management guidelines.
Trapping will occur between September 25 and October 4. For questions regarding this activity, please call Denver Public Schools at 720-423-3200.
Friends Of Denver Parks President Renee Lewis said
“What makes this even more concerning is that we have a vibrant raptor population on the land.
To kill off their food source at the beginning of a predicted hard winter is unconscionable.
The prairie dogs are a keystone species.They are a crucial link to the overall ecology of an environment. The Great Horned Owl breeding season will be occurring during the end of October. We have a substantial population that lives here.”
Many types of wildlife have been seen in this area and several species are dependent on the prairie dog for their survival.