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Public Meetings Set On Black-tailed Prairie Dog Re-establishment Proposal

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is conducting eight public meetings on potential black-tailed prairie dog re-establishment in southeastern Arizona.

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 Parkway, Phoenix.

· 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., Willcox.

· 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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