Public Meetings Set On Black-tailed Prairie Dog Re-establishment
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is conducting eight public meetings
on potential black-tailed prairie dog re-establishment in southeastern
The public meetings are part of the department’s 12-step process for
evaluating nongame wildlife and endangered species re-establishment. These
hearings are step six in the process.
Here is the meeting schedule:
· Oct. 8, 7–10 p.m., Stone House Pavilion, The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin
· Oct. 9, 7–10 p.m., Graham County General Services Administration
Building, 921 Thatcher Blvd. (just off of State Highway 70), Safford.
· Oct. 14, 7–10 p.m., Willcox Community Center, 312 W. Stewart St.,
· Oct. 15, 7–10 p.m., Cochise College Auditorium, Douglas Campus, 4190 W.
State Highway 80, Douglas.
· Oct. 21, 7– 10 p.m., Benson Public Library Annex Meeting Room, 300 S.
Huachuca St., Benson.
· Oct. 22, 7–10 p.m., International Wildlife Museum, 4800 W. Gates Pass
Road (5 miles west of I-10 on Speedway), Tucson.
· Oct. 28, 7–10 p.m., Sonoita Fairgrounds, Santa Cruz County Fair and
Rodeo Association Building, 3142 S. Highway 83, Sonoita.
· Oct. 29, 7–10 p.m., Buena Performing Arts Center at Buena High School,
5225 Buena School Blvd., Sierra Vista.
During the meeting, Game and Fish biologists will provide a brief history
of black-tailed prairie dogs in Arizona and explain the department’s
12-step process. “We will cover what the department has done so far and
what we have yet to do in this evaluation process,” says Deb O’Neill, a
department biologist who specializes in small mammals.
O’Neill says the department will also be gathering public comments. “What
really assists us in the evaluation process is having constructive remarks
from people so we can develop sound recommendations.”
For more information, visit the Game and Fish Department’s Web site at
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