De-listing of Prairie Dogs as Species at Risk

Res #: 23-21A
Number: 23
Year: 2021
Midterm: No
Expired: No
Responses Received: No
Departments: Environment and Climate Change Canada

WHEREAS Black Tailed Prairie Dogs are a species protected by The Species at Risk Act; and their status has recently been heightened from “Threatened” to “Endangered”; and

WHEREAS local knowledge is such that there are exponentially more Black Tailed Prairie Dogs today than there was 40 years ago, and they are out of control; and

WHEREAS legislation in neighboring Montana designates the Black Tailed Prairie Dog as a vertebrate pest and they are controlled. This is not aligned with Canadian legislation and protection efforts which are much more restrictive; and

WHEREAS the area occupied in Southern Saskatchewan is the northern most area of their habitat.

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Federal Government to remove the Black Tailed Prairie Dog as a species designated by The Species at Risk Act.