Nebraska Black-Tailed Prairie Dog Bill Set for Debate

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A bill designed to limit the spread of black-tailed prairie dogs in Nebraska is set for legislative debate.

The measure (LB473) by Ellsworth Sen. LeRoy Louden would give counties the power and duties to carry out a management program to
help control the animals, which ranchers often view as pests.

Debate on the bill could begin as early as Tuesday.

The bill is designed to prevent black-tailed prairie dog colonies from expanding from one person's property to another.

Counties would have the power to notify landowners that a colony is not being managed, and could require landowners to take action.

Landowners would have to notify counties that they have moved to address the problem.

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