Ken-Caryl votes against prairie dog relocation

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By Deborah Swearingen

A prairie dog colony located at the corner of South Kipling Parkway and West Coal Mine Avenue will not be allowed to move to land on the south hogback owned by the Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District.

In a July 25 board meeting, the district board voted to deny a request to relocate the colony of approximately 50 prairie dogs to its plot of land. The land on the hogback houses artificial burrows that, in years prior, were used to relocate prairie dogs from The Manor House in Ken-Caryl.

“It was over in two minutes,” said Ellen Kessler, a Ken-Caryl resident advocating for relocation, in an e-mail. “We all left immediately.”

Kessler and other activists will continue searching for a relocation spot in the hopes of moving the animals before development begins and they are exterminated.

Those with questions about the decision can contact district manager Melissa Daruna at melissad@kcranch.org.