Parks and Wildlife seizes more than 100 prairie dogs in Castle Rock

Prairie dog in Castle Rock, Colo

Prairie dog in Castle Rock, Colo.

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CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- The Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife will decide Wednesday what could happen with more than 100 prairie dogs that were seized from animal rights activists.

The animals have been stored in a garage after the activists saved them from being poisoned on a field in Castle Rock to make room for a mega-mall.

The activists hoped to send the animals to property in New Mexico, but that fell through. So Tuesday, the state stepped in and took the animals.

"They were in the troughs. You didn't even see them, you didn't hear them," Malia Reeves said. "It wasn`t like they were running all over the property or anything. We didn't even take them out."

But Parks and Wildlife says that can't be done.

"They are sort of property of the state of Colorado so we are going to keep them at this point and look into a couple of different possibilities," Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said.

One possible location is a private 60-acre meadow just west of Sedalia. Wildlife rangers evaluated the land, looking at the soil and vegetation. But they are worried that at 7,600 feet, the elevation isn't right.

"As well meaning as people are sometimes, we want these animals, if they are going to be relocated, to be successful," Churchill said.

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