Prairie dogs protected under the Endangered Species Act Tuesday on Access Utah

May 14, 2013

  The Utah Prairie Dog Recovery Implementation Program (UPDRIP) has two goals: “Recover the Utah prairie dog so that it no longer requires protection under the Endangered Species Act; and allow for existing land uses and continued growth and development within the historic range of the Utah prairie dog.” Some in the area want the process to move faster. 

Pacific Legal Foundation Attorney Jonathan Wood, representing some land owners, recently told the Washington Times that residents of southwestern Utah are “held hostage to a species that has become an out-of-control pest.” We’ll explore the issue with UPDPRIP Director Bill Branham and land owner Bruce Hughes.

We’ll also talk with UPR’s Kerry Bringhurst about StoryCorps’ ongoing St. George visit. Kerry recently visited Southern Utah and has some stories to share with us.