The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission tentatively accepted a management strategy for black-tailed and white-tailed prairie dogs in Montana at its Dec. 13-14 meeting. The management strategy is outlined in the "Conservation Plan for Black-tailed and White-tailed Prairie Dogs in Montana" developed by the state's prairie dog working group, composed of state and federal agencies, Montana's Indian tribes, conservation organizations, and landowners.
The plan recognizes the burrowing animal's value to prairie ecosystems and that it can be a nuisance that may require control on private lands. The Commission will take final action on the proposed management strategy at its Jan. 23-24 meeting.
To request a print copy of the "Conservation Plan for Black-tailed and White-tailed Prairie Dogs in Montana," call 406-444-2612.